The Bucks’ recent hiring of head coach Larry Drew serves as a reminder that Milwaukee has had its fair share of players/coaches named Larry, Curly, or Mo(e). Playing off the name theme, here’s an All-Stooge Team for Milwaukee’s basketball franchise.
Guard: Ish Larry Smith
As if being named Ishmael wasn’t already cool enough, Ish Smith’s middle name is Larry. Does “Call me ‘Ishmael Larry'” have a Melvillian ring to it?
Guard: Mo Williams
As if the career track records of most undersized, shoot-first point guards weren’t fully enough evidence, here’s Mo Williams ignoring a wide-open LeBron James on the wing in favor of a crossover to nowhere.
Choose carefully, John Hammond. Choose very carefully.
Forward: Larry Krystowiak
Speaking of Mo Williams, here’s a Larry who once coached him. Krystowiak’s winning percentage as a coach — a Stooge-like 0.310 — is the lowest in franchise history.
On a brighter note, Krystowiak helped the ’88-89 Bucks to a 49-win season when he averaged 12.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while earning a grand sum of $125,000 for his efforts.
Forward: Jack Sikma
In the absence of an actual player named ‘Curly’, Sikma will have to suffice.
Center: Larry Sanders
Ryan Anderson, who played for the Hornets in 2012-13, makes some of the most diarrheal bro-faces in the NBA. Here’s Sanders denying Anderson to preserve a Bucks’ win back in November.
Head coach: Larry Costello
Of the 13 head coaches in franchise history, three have been named ‘Larry’. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?
Costello obviously gets the nod here over Krystowiak and Drew for coaching the Bucks to their lone franchise title in 1971.