GM Horst high on Bucks ending lengthy drought of playoff success

GM Jon Horst believes the Bucks are built for playoff success.

With the Buck(s) stop here or will they end their string of postseason failures?

Even though Milwaukee has not won a playoff series since the 2001 season, general manager Jon Horst believes the time is now for that sad skid to come to an end.

“This is a time for us to take a step forward and to win a playoff series,” Horst said, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic. “Even though people are sleeping on the Bucks, I think if we bowed out in the first round, everybody would be like, ‘What in the hell happened?’ Me included. That would be a disappointment.

“But it would be a significant thing for us to advance, because we haven’t done it in so long and it would be a big step for this group. But I think the metrics line up where if we can do that and stay healthy, and stay together, have some lucky breaks along the way, I think the talent and the performance thus far would show you that we should be playing into June, hopefully.”

Horst is a big believer in the chemistry built this season by the Bucks providing a big boost as the postseason looms. Milwaukee carried the NBA’s best record of 48-16 into Thursday night’s game against the visiting Indiana Pacers (42-23).

“Quite honestly, I’ve fired people in our organization because they can’t get excited about working for a franchise that has a brand new arena, a brand new practice facility, Giannis Antetokounmpo as a superstar, Mike Budenholzer as a head coach, and the ownership that we have,” Horst said. “And I say, ‘If you can’t get excited, and wake up in the morning to be part of that, then you don’t belong.’ That’s from a staffing perspective, and a player perspective, on down. That’s the culture. That’s the filter that we’ve tried to establish.”