The Milwaukee Bucks are a professional basketball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and playing in the National Basketball Association.
The team was formed in 1968. A group of Milwaukee investors, Marvin Fisherman led by Wesley Pavalon was awarded the franchise by the NBA. The team was soon put together under the supervision Larry Costello, Buck’s first head coach. The name Bucks was coined by the fans in a contest for the team name. The team colors are hunter green, deep red and silver. The Logo is the frontal view of the head and shoulders of a buck. The Buck’s home arena is the Bradley Center.
The Bucks entered the NBA with the Phoenix Suns and played their first match in Milwaukee against the Chicago Bulls. The first season was a struggle for the Bucks, like it is always for newly formed teams. In 1969, the Bucks drafted the legendary Kareem Abdul- Jabbar who went on to become the NBA Rookie of the Year.
In 1970 in a trade with the Cincinnati Royals the Bucks attained Oscar Robertson and in their third season in the NBA won the Championship title in 1971. They were the second fastest team to achieve this feat in such a short time. The Bucks remained a powerful team and once again reached the NBA finals in 1974. They lost the finals to the Boston Celtics following which in 1975 bucks dealt Abdul- Jabbar. The transaction created panic and resulted in the change of the team management. In 1976 after the resignation of former head coach Larry Costello the Bucks appointed Don Nelson as the new head coach and the team was sold to Jim Fitzgerald. In 1985, Fitzgerald wanted to sell the team. Fearing that the team would be moved out of the town, Herb Kohl a businessman bought the team. The following year the bucks saw several defeats. In 1993 the Bucks celebrated their 25th Anniversary and altered their uniforms by replacing the red with a purple and changing the caricature of the deer on their logo for a more realistic one.
George Karl took over as coach in 1998. Karl coached the Bucks and made them stronger till he retired in 2003. In 2006 under the guidance of new head coach Terry Stotts the Bucks set 3 NBA records in a victory against the Phoenix Suns. They set a team record of 18 three pointers in a game, 14 three pointers in a half and a third record of 11 three pointers in a quarter.
In 2006, the Bucks returned to their original color scheme of Deep red and forest green and updated their logo. The same year Terry Stotts was fired for Larry Krystkowiak only to be appointed as coach in 2008. In 2008, the team hired former Vice President for the Detroit Pistons, John Hammond as their new general manager.
The Bucks lifted the NBA title for the second time in 2021 led by Giannis Antetokounmpo who won the Finals MVP.
- NBA Champions 2, (1971, 2021)
- Conference titles 3, (1971, 1974, 2021)
- Division titles 18 (1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 2001, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)