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WTH? Milwaukee Bucks won NBA Championship in 3rd year!

 
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WTH? Milwaukee Bucks won NBA Championship in 3rd year!
I was very surprised to research a little and see the Bucks
won the NBA Title in 1971 as a 3rd year expansion team.

That is crazy...I was 16 at the time and a fan
of the "big 3 sports" but my long term memory is shot.

They had a "BIG 4" in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, Bobby Dandridge
and Jon McGlocklin and 1 more averaging in double figures.

I copied their main stats for anyone who wants to join me on a stroll down memory lane.

The Bucks won 27 games in their expansion year...56 games in year 2...
and 66 games in year 3 and rolled to the NBA Championship ...4-1...4-1 and 4-0.

I had to look up this "miracle" team.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 31.7 PPG - 16.0 RB - 3.3 AST

Oscar Robertson 19.4 PPG - 5.7 RB - 8.2 AST

Bob Dandridge 18.4 PPG - 8.0 RB - 3.5 AST

Jon McGlocklin 15.8 PPG - 2.7 RB - 3.7 AST

Greg Smith 11.7 PPG - 7.2 RB - 2.8 AST

Bob Boozer 9.1 PPG - 5.4 RB - 1.6 AST

Lucius Allen 7.1 PPG - 2.5 RB - 2-6 AST

McCoy McElmore 4.7 PPG - 3.8 RB - 1.1 AST

Dick Cunningham (B/U C) 2.6 PPG - 3.4 RB - 0.6 AST

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Re: WTH? Milwaukee Bucks won NBA Championship in 3rd year!
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Re: WTH? Milwaukee Bucks won NBA Championship in 3rd year!
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Between 1967 and 1969, he led UCLA to three consecutive national titles and an 88-2 record. Yet, his legacy transcends the game; in the age of Black Power, he redefined the political role of black college athletes. In 1968, when black collegians debated boycotting the Olympics, Lew Alcindor, as he was then still known, emerged as the most prominent face in the revolt on campus.
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Re: WTH? Milwaukee Bucks won NBA Championship in 3rd year!
I don't watch blm or kneeler sports
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I don't watch blm or kneeler sports
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But you read about them

Lol

Lol

Lol
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Re: WTH? Milwaukee Bucks won NBA Championship in 3rd year!
Lew Alcinder
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Yep...Lew Alcindor...Played 20 seasons...made 19 All Star teams...made 15 All NBA teams...made 11 All Defensive teams was voted MVP 6 times and twice MVP of the NBA Finals...and won 6 Championships with the Bucks and the Lakers...and won 2 Championships as an assistant coach. I always liked him as a player...no nonsense...no bullshit, as I remember.
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Lew Alcinder
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Yep...Lew Alcindor...Played 20 seasons...made 19 All Star teams...made 15 All NBA teams...made 11 All Defensive teams was voted MVP 6 times and twice MVP of the NBA Finals...and won 6 Championships with the Bucks and the Lakers...and won 2 Championships as an assistant coach. I always liked him as a player...no nonsense...no bullshit, as I remember.
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Breaking: No one cares.
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Breaking: No one cares.
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My goodness, how interesting...You must be a real kick at the parties.
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Lew Alcinder
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Yep...Lew Alcindor...Played 20 seasons...made 19 All Star teams...made 15 All NBA teams...made 11 All Defensive teams was voted MVP 6 times and twice MVP of the NBA Finals...and won 6 Championships with the Bucks and the Lakers...and won 2 Championships as an assistant coach. I always liked him as a player...no nonsense...no bullshit, as I remember.
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Sky Hook


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Yep...the unblockable shot. I had forgotten the nickname.

These guys actually moved the ball around, played defense and played hard every night. Who does that?

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Re: WTH? Milwaukee Bucks won NBA Championship in 3rd year!
What I remember is that the Bucks knew they were going to have trouble keeping Alcindor because he was immediately the best player in the league.

That drove them to gamble by getting the Big O to try to get over the top and win a title before Alcindor was able to sign elsewhere as a free agent.

Big O' had a stellar career but few realize...he never won a championship. He lost the NCAA finals and after he left Cincinnati won two in a row. Then he got drafted to Cincinnati's pro team and had a career there but during that stretch, Bill Russell / Cousy etc. dominated NBA ball.

While people dislike Kareem for his political stance, I saw more a smart man who had difficulty with the fame, attention, the freakish size. He may have been politically naive, but he was able to articulate his thinking coherently.

In the twitter age, he has become another bomb-thrower trying to get attention from drama-tweeting.

Anyway...seems like a parallel in the sense the Bucks had the same situation with The Greek Freak....they had to get Middleton, Holiday, Tucker and go all in before Yannis wanted out.

I get why people are down on B-ball and I will not watch the Olympics because of it. But Yannis seems like a decent guy, and kind of cool to see the fans invested in the sport. (Or is that a sign that Milwaukee is boring).





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