The Bulls will take on the Bucks in the first round of the playoffs, and the majority owner in Milwaukee is trying to make sure that his team’s home games don’t feel like they’re being played in Chicago.
It’s an hour-and-a-half drive up the I-94 from Chicago to Milwaukee, and plenty of Bulls fans are expected to make the reasonable journey to cheer their team on.
But Bucks ownership has a message for anyone who is contemplating making that trip: Stay home.
Milwaukee Bucks primary owner Jamie Dinan is well aware of the hostile takeover headed for his arena next week when Bulls fans make their usual migration north and treat the Bradley Center as if it were located in a Chicago suburb.
So his message to Milwaukee reporters was this:
“I would say it’s going to be a very long, long, lonely drive home to west Chicago after the games here,’’ Dinan said about Bulls fans planning to make the drive up Interstate 94. “That’s my advice. Stay home because you’re going to be really lonely and sad on that long ride home.’’
Shots, officially, have been fired.
There’s nothing wrong with having a bit of confidence in your team, and the small-market Bucks could use a little added attention by having a member of their ownership group saying silly things.
Milwaukee boasts the league’s second-ranked defense, and should stay competitive against a very good Bulls team. But Chicago has too much depth and overall firepower for the Bucks to win more than a game or two in this series, and no amount of blustery rhetoric — or rabid fans in the arena — is likely to change that.