Milwaukee Bucks are NBA Champs

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by mrpackerguy, Jul 21, 2021.

  1. mrpackerguy

    mrpackerguy Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Madison, Wisconsin
    I'm not going to make a big deal about it because I'm primarily a Packers fan, but I do follow and have always been a fan of the Badgers, Bucks, and Brewers as well. I watched all our Wisco teams as a kid growing up with my dad who was always a big Bucks fan. I was with him watching Lew Alcindor and Oscar Robertson win the title in 1971. My Bucks fandom continued when we lived in Nashville for 6 years in the mid 80's where my wife and I would drive to Atlanta to see them play the Hawks at the old Omni - it was always a nice weekend away to see Paul Pressy, Sidney Moncrief, Jack Sikma - back then before the games started you could walk right up to the court during warm up and I'd hand John McGlockin a note to read on the air during the game saying "hi" to my family back in Wisconsin which they would read and I'd get notes from my relatives saying they heard my note on the Bucks broadcast. So yes, I have skin in the game even as atrocious as the Bucks have been for the better part of 45 years. And yes, I'm a Wisconsin sports fanboy and proud of it and proud of our Bucks and Giannis, a perfect icon for our working class state. As a Wisco sports fan you take the bad with the good. And it's a lot of bad over the years. But we're fielding a pretty good work product on the fields of play lately, whether it be basketball, football or baseball. And it's a fun time. Maybe even something like a golden era of Wisconsin pro/collegiate sports.

    BUCKS IN 6!

  2. That's OK, you can make a big deal if you want!

    Congrats to the Bucks. Although I'm a CA guy born and bred and a Lakers fan for over half a century (please don't throw things at me), I like the Deer, and they earned every single thing they got this year. Typically and understandably, people tend to focus on Giannis' astounding (even if slightly flawed) brilliance, but the rest of that team showed up and worked. Middleton and Holiday proved invaluable (even with a couple bad shooting nights from Holiday), and Connaughton, Lopez, Portis, and the rest all had their key moments. Appearances can be deceiving, but the Bucks do seem like a team that has a great esprit de corps. Well done.
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  3. sleddogn


    Sep 8, 2013
    We watched every playoff game on all series. Many things to be impressed by with the Bucks. Past the Greek Freak, lots of role players nailing their positions when it counted most. We have been life long Pacers fans:bawl:, think we have the wrong Holiday's, LOL
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  4. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Despite the fact that NBA ball is the only American team sport I pay any attention to, I was still relatively unfamiliar with the Bucks going into this playoff season. But they definitely delivered everything I've come to enjoy and hope for in a ballgame: Excitement, drama, skills, and (most impressively) teamwork. I am very happy they won the contest against Phoenix, and hope we see a few more trophies in their near future.
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  5. mrpackerguy

    mrpackerguy Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Madison, Wisconsin
    I think you can safely add "humble superstar" to the list as well.
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  6. FilterFunk

    FilterFunk Everything is on the ONE! Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    The Bucks are most certainly a TEAM! Because of Giannis' epic Finals performance, it's easy to forget that the Bucks won the Eastern Conference Finals without Giannis playing the last 2 games.

    I love that the Bucks built their team the old-fashioned way. I know some will say, "If it wasn't for injuries to other teams' superstars..." Well, injuries happen.:meh: And the league really needs a new super-duper-star; LeBron, while still great, has been The Guy long enough, and who knows if KD can stay healthy. James Harden, Luka Doncic and Nikola Jokic just aren't quite there, IMO.

    I'm good with Giannis being the face of the league.
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  7. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    I don't care for the NBA anymore, but when I did, the Bucks were a good team.
    Terry Cummings with that turnaround jumper.......nothing, but the bottom of the net.
    Big Paper Daddy, Ricky Pierce. That man seldom missed a free throw or a shot. Wow, he was awesome.
    Dale Ellis, the three machine. Man that guy was smooth as butter dressed in silk.
    Cool thing for me, all of those guys eventually played for the Supersonics, which was a treat.
    I think Orlando Woolridge even made a stop in Milwaukee before he wrapped up his career. He was a bad dude, bad in a good way. He could fill an empty net like no other.
    Wow, this was a fun walk down memory lane.

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  8. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Indeed, injuries happen...but it sure seemed like they happened a lot more during this year's playoffs, to a lot more of the critical players, than usual. I found a stat a couple weeks ago that "more All-Stars have missed games in this year's NBA playoffs (eight) than any before on record, per Elias Sports Bureau research, beating the previous record of six."

    The fact that the Bucks were able to earn their ring despite Giannis' injury is icing on the cake!
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  9. FilterFunk

    FilterFunk Everything is on the ONE! Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    And don't forget Sidney Moncrief.
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  10. GregC

    GregC Questlove, Black Thought, Hamilton Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    I'm definitely happy for Giannis. He's cracked the postseason code--he had just a monster series and really improved his free throw shooting after the first two games. I was kind of rooting for Phoenix but would have been happy either way. It's good to have new blood in the Finals.

    Speaking of which, I think the NBA is just at the start of a really fun era. There are so many young stars who could go deep in the playoffs regularly for the next decade or more--Giannis, Booker, Trae Young, Doncic, Jokic and Murray, Ja Morant, Zion, etc. None of those guys are older than 26!
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  11. FilterFunk

    FilterFunk Everything is on the ONE! Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    Good point about the young stars:thumbsup:.

    If the young guys don't do the "superstar shuffle"; i.e., moving from team to team in search of a title, this could be a very exciting era in the NBA. Give new rivalries time to form, and let more teams in the smaller markets become elite.
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  12. SwitchGear


    Mar 23, 2005
    Sunny Beach
    Along with Lew Alcindor and Oscar Robertson, Johnny Mac was the guy putting the ball through the hoop. I watched those Bucks games as a youngster with my Dad also.

    Couldn’t be more proud with the current Bucks team.
  13. 4Mal

    4Mal Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    Not a bucks fan per se. Lived in Boston, Indy, near Chicago, now near Portland. I'm generally loyal to the homies and then the ex-homies. I am happy a small market team won though. Can't get enough of that.
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  14. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Continuing the Bucks victory dance: Apparently Jrue Holiday hopped on a plane to Japan less than 24 hours prior to the USA Men's Basketball team's first Olympic match and still managed to be the high-scorer for the team!
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