Green and Globing

by Alex Boeder
Bucks.com Writer

Bucks Word Association Game: Greece. Turkey. Georgia. Morocco. Canada. Cameroon.

Maybe you thought like this:

  • Most popular player on the Bucks (Giannis Antetokounmpo)
  • Longest tenured player on the Bucks (Ersan Ilyasova)
  • Most experienced player on the Bucks (Zaza Pachulia)
  • One of the two new owners of the Bucks (Marc Lasry)
  • Two of the three most likely draft picks for the Bucks (Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid)

If you have been to a Bucks home game since 2009, you have probably seen flags in Section 212 or thereabout. (If you haven’t been to a Bucks home game since 2009, you should probably go to a Bucks home game.)

Bucks in Britain

Soon the Bucks will call Europe home for a night, as the team is scheduled to play against the Knicks in London on Jan. 15, 2015. The game will take place at The O2 arena, the world’s busiest venue, busier than Madison Square Garden.

The night will mark the first time that the Bucks play a regular season game overseas, and it is one of just two regular season games to be played outside the United States next season (Rockets/Timberwolves are scheduled for a game in Mexico City) as part of NBA Global Games.

This is a good hour or two of the day to feel good about being a fan of the Bucks.

Global Games

In the last five seasons alone, the Bucks have employed players from Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Serbia, Cameroon, Haiti, Slovenia, Mexico, Australia, Argentina, Netherlands, Croatia… and the United States.


Googling the Bucks

With that in mind, I checked out the latest Google Trends to find out what countries produced the most search results for Milwaukee Bucks over the past five years.

This doesn’t explain completely where the most Bucks fans live, there are plenty of other factors, but it is an interesting start.

Five small notes on the list:

  • The Philippines top the list of countries following the NBA on Facebook and Twitter outside the United States, the Rockets and Pacers kicked off this year with a preseason game in Manila, and people in the country love the NBA a bit.
  • Greece is rising fast here for some reason. Again, the chart displays results over the past five years, but over the past year, Greece actually ranks second overall in searches for the Milwaukee Bucks behind only the United States.
  • Andrew Bogut made Bucks fans out of Australians, and good news: It seems that some of them have stayed with the team even after the center was traded to the Warriors. The country still ranks fifth, down just one spot, over the past year.
  • Reminder: The FIBA Basketball World Cup is this summer in Spain (Aug. 30-Sept. 14). While people in the United States tend to look forward more to the Olympics, this tournament seems to be the most exalted by the rest of the world. In any event, Spain is very good at basketball, and also very good at soccer. The World Cup is also this summer.
  • The United Kingdom, home of the Bucks/Knicks game, makes the list, and here is a short story. Two seasons ago, a jocose fellow by the name of Keith Firmin came from England to the United States expressly to watch... the Bucks play the Knicks, in Milwaukee. We shared hearty food and hearty laughs with @Bucksketball and @Jake_BrewHoop and @Paulimig in the media dining room before the game, practicing accents and marveling at Keith’s idea for a holiday. I just checked and the Bucks lost that night, so they owe one back to Keith in London this January.
Alex Boeder

Writing and the Bucks. Two of my passions. So it is good to be here. I have reported on media row for just about every Bucks home game since 2009. I started writing for the Bucks in 2012. Before that, I co-founded and wrote for BrewHoop. I have written for the Milwaukee BrewersSB NationESPN MilwaukeeSlam Online, and so on. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @alexboeder or email me at adboeder@gmail.com.