GM Horst high on Bucks ending lengthy drought of playoff success

Bucks general manager Jon Horst was given a three-year contract extension.

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.”