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Limited Upside NBA podcast: The Bucks are on the clock with Giannis Antetokounmpo

That’s exciting for fans ... and also a little nerve-racking.

Listen to Limited Upside’s Milwaukee Bucks preview.

Giannis Antetokounmpo's rise injected new joy and energy into the Bucks and their fanbase. Last year was fun, and on the surface, everything is good. But Giannis' rise also means the stakes have been raised for the next four years of his contract. Is this front office, supplementary core, and coaching staff up for the challenge?

SB Nation soccer editor and Bucks fan Kevin McCauley joins us, along with Brew Hoop managing editor Mitchell Maurer. In our chat:

  • We merge Mitchell's caution with Kevin's exuberance to describe the mood of the fanbase.
  • Plenty of Giannis talk because he is such a joy.
  • How important was it to get Khris Middleton back last year?
  • Jabari Parker was supposed to be the second cornerstone with Giannis. Instead, he's coming off a second torn ACL and is up for an extension without much on his track record. How does he fit in now, and do the Bucks have enough time to wait it out and see if they can ever get Giannis, Jabari, and Middleton healthy at the same time?
  • Our usual devil's bargain: the NBA version of Do/Marry/Kill called "Max/Play/Trade." We do this with Malcolm Brogdon, Thon Maker, and Jabari.
  • Why is Jason Kidd such a divisive coach among fans?
  • The Bucks' front office situation is ... whoa boy. What happened this summer, and why should Bucks fans be concerned?
  • A brief Giannis signature shoe interlude.
  • Kevin's very detailed breakdown for his all-time Bucks banana boat.
  • Predictions, best/worst-case scenarios, and why 50 wins is actually a reasonable expectation.

This podcast was part of the Limited Upside podcast’s 2017-18 offseason series previewing all 30 NBA teams with members of SB Nation’s team communities and other friends of the show. We’ve spent the last two-and-a-half months gauging the temperature of every fan base heading into what should be a terrific NBA season. There’s no better way to understand what makes NBA fans in each market tick.

We began these in August and counted down worst-to-first leading up to the season. Here’s how to listen to them all:

  1. Nets with Kristian Winfield and Nets Daily’s Anthony Puccio
  2. Lakers with Zito Madu and Silver Screen and Roll’s Anthony Irwin and Harrison Faigen
  3. Suns with Bright Side of the Sun’s Dave King and Evan Sidery
  4. 76ers with Tyler Tynes and Liberty Ballers’ Kyle Neubeck
  5. Knicks with Kristian Winfield and Posting and Toasting’s Seth Rosenthal
  6. Magic with Orlando Pinstriped Post’s Zach Oliver and Cory Hutson
  7. Kings with Kenny Carraway and Sactown Royalty’s Tony Xypteras
  8. Mavs with Tim Cato and Mavs Moneyball’s Kirk Henderson
  9. Wolves with Canis Hooups’ Eric Goldman and John Meyer
  10. Pelicans with The Bird Writes’ Oleh Kosel and Travis Tate
  11. Hornets with James Dator and At the Hive’s Nicklaus Denning
  12. Pistons with John Ketchum, Kofie Yeboah and Detroit Bad Boys’ Lazarus Jackson
  13. Nuggets with Denver Stiffs’ Adam Mares
  14. Heat with Kelly Cohen and Hot Hot Hoops’ Surya Fernandez
  15. Bulls with Ricky O’Donnell and Blog a Bull’s Jason Patt
  16. Pacers with Whitney Medworth and Indy Cornrows’ Caitlin Cooper
  17. Blazers with Blazers Edge’s Brian Freeman and Peter Sampson
  18. Bucks with Kevin McCauley and Brew Hoop’s Mitchell Maurer
  19. Hawks with Harry Lyles Jr. and Peachtree Hoops’ Brad Rowland
  20. Grizzlies with Grizzly Bear Blues’ Joe Mullinax
  21. Thunder with Eddie Maisonet and Welcome to Loud City’s Joshua Broom
  22. Thunder addendum! Carmelo Anthony trade emergency pod with Eddie Maisonet
  23. Wizards with Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Sharp and Bullets Forever’s Michael Sykes
  24. Jazz with SLC Dunk’s Mychal Lowman and James Hansen.
  25. Raptors with Raptors HQ’s Daniel Reynolds and freelance writer Seerat Sohi
  26. Cavaliers with Fear the Sword’s Chris Manning and MMA Fighting’s Eric Jackman
  27. Clippers with Clips Nation’s Lucas Hann and former L.A. video coordinator Mo Dakhil
  28. Celtics with Paul Flannery and Celtics Blog’s Nick Gelso
  29. Rockets with The Dream Shake’s Ethan Rothstein and Jeremy Brener
  30. Spurs with Pounding the Rock’s J.R. Wilco and Bruno Passos
  31. Warriors with Golden State of Mind’s Bram Kincheloe

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