The struggle for small-market teams in the NBA is very real.
Prior to Monday's meeting between the Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz, Aaron Falk of the Salt Lake Tribune pointed out that more than a few seats were available for the game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center:
As tipoff approaches, tickets are still available. pic.twitter.com/L3Ktu5W42j— Aaron Falk (@tribjazz) March 4, 2014
Considering that the Bucks and Jazz entered Monday evening having combined for 32 wins and 85 losses, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the fine residents of Wisconsin chose not to trek out and see two of the league's lowliest squads square off.
It's a shame that the Bucks couldn't attract more fans against the Jazz, too, because the league's all-time leading scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, was in attendance.
However, according to Jody Genessy of the Deseret News, there may have only been slightly more people in the stands than on the two benches applauding the skyhook master when he was introduced to those in attendance:
OK, there might have been dozens of dozens of fans cheering. But this crowd ... ugh.— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) March 4, 2014
The awkward part? Abdul-Jabbar heaped praise on Bucks fans in front of an arena largely devoid of enthusiasts clad in purple and green:
According to ESPN, the Bucks draw an average of just 13,442 spectators a night at the Bradley Center, a mark which ranks dead last among the Association's 30 clubs.
Unfortunately, the Bucks won't be able to count on increasing those attendance figures any time soon, as Milwaukee is set to welcome the Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards and Orlando Magic to town over the next week.