Milwaukee Bucks: Imagining a documentary on the early 2000s Bucks

PHILADELPHIA, : Glen Robinson (R) and Sam Cassell (L) of the Milwaukee Bucks rest on the bench during their game against the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA Eastern Conference finals game seven 03 June 2001 at the First Union Center in Philadelphia. AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, : Glen Robinson (R) and Sam Cassell (L) of the Milwaukee Bucks rest on the bench during their game against the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA Eastern Conference finals game seven 03 June 2001 at the First Union Center in Philadelphia. AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP via Getty Images) /
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30 May 2001 (Photo credit: JEFF HAYNES/AFP via Getty Images) /

Why it would make for a great documentary

Having come this far, it clearly goes without saying as to why this period of the Bucks’ history would make for an incredibly engrossing documentary series.

For all of the reasons why so many Bucks fans and national NBA writers still think fondly of the 2000-01 Bucks squad and more, Milwaukee really captured lightning in a bottle with their run all the way up until they met the 76ers. In many ways, that cliche encapsulates that era, for better or for worse, considering how quickly things unraveled for all of the most prominent pieces in the Bucks’ foundation.

As Karl told Nehm in that aforementioned piece at The Athletic, he thought that ’01 Bucks team overachieved the most of all the team he coached throughout his time in the NBA:

"“Of all my runs to the conference finals I’ve had, I thought that was the most fun. We overachieved and we came together at the right time. We had a great series against Charlotte, which in my mind is the best basketball series I’ve been a part of in my career. … The city was electric. Of all the other cities I’ve been in, Milwaukee was alive for basketball in that year. It was great.”"

The level of rapid highs and lows, drama on and off the court and landmark personnel decisions that eventually set Bucks basketball back for a decade makes this window of time such a compelling period that all Bucks fans still revisit and rehash to this day.

With no shortage of characters, some of which are the most fascinating in recent NBA history, the Bucks of the early 2000s managed to capture the fascination of Bucks fans and the state of Wisconsin and long stood as the most successful time in team history since the turn of the 21st century. That is, before this current era of Bucks basketball.

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Even with this current taste of glowing success satisfying all Bucks fans, 2001 still holds a special place in the hearts and minds of the Milwaukee faithful. And it’s why, all these years later, we’re left wondering what could have been.