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Buoyed by more fan support, Bucks hope momentum from surprising carries over to a new arena

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MILWAUKEE — The momentum from the Milwaukee Bucks' surprising season is carrying over off the court.

PHOTO: Milwaukee Bucks' fans gather around a stage at a summer block party Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
Milwaukee Bucks' fans gather around a stage at a summer block party Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

State and municipal leaders last week announced a $500 million financing deal to build a new arena. Team officials say it is major progress, though there is still a long road ahead because the deal still needs legislative approval.

The Bucks finished 41-41 and made the playoffs this past season, a remarkable improvement following a franchise-worst 15-win campaign in 2013-14. They have emerging stars in forwards Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAHN'-ihs ahn-teh-toh-KUHN'-poh).

Parker, the second overall pick in the 2014 draft, was sidelined for much of the year with a knee injury. He is watching the arena developments from afar, though one of the most popular Bucks says the players want to stay in Milwaukee.

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