Weekend Hot Reads....
The MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL's James Causey wrote about the Bucks' arena issue under the header, "The Clock Is Winding Down For The Bucks." If the Bucks do not renovate BMO Harris Bradley Center or build a new arena by '15, they will "lose the team to another city" by '17. They could retrofit Bradley Center, but the "best option would be for the Bucks to have a new facility."
The N.Y. TIMES' Corey Kilgannon profiled 12-year-old Haley Smilow, who has "landed nearly two dozen one-on-one interviews with big league stars, opportunities that many full-grown beat writers would covet, and has written them up for publications including Sports Illustrated Kids, Baseball Youth and Junior Baseball magazines."
The MIAMI HERALD's Joseph Goodman writes the NBA D-League was "once mostly an afterthought," but "slowly has developed into a legitimate proving ground for coaches, players and even referees who have dreams of making it to the NBA." The "new financial reality of the NBA also has had a trickle-down effect on the D-League's growing significance."