Unified Milwaukee hosts NBA Finals 50 years after title run | Basketball

The difference today, says Dandridge, is the support players get from management.

“I think it’s a completely different approach to being open to current owners and owners in the 1970s when I was in Milwaukee,” said Dandridge.

Team managers also made a statement behind then-Bucks security guard Sterling Brown after Milwaukee police brought him to the ground and shocked him with a taser for a parking violation in January 2018. Brown, a leader in the Bucks’ playoff protest last year, sued the city and eventually reached a $ 750,000 settlement.

When Feigin took over the presidency of Bucks in 2014 after Wes Edens, Marc Lasry and Jamie Dinan bought the team, the franchise struggled.

Milwaukee’s 2001 Eastern Conference final was the only time the Bucks got past the first round of the playoffs from 1990 to 2018. The Bucks played at the Bradley Center, one of the oldest venues for the NBA.

“It was like finding a unicorn, found a Bucks fan six years ago,” said Sean Marus, a 28-year-old Bucks fan from Wauwatosa.

Marus was one of roughly 9,000 fans who flocked to the Fiserv Forum on Tuesday to watch the Bucks play Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Phoenix on a video screen. Bucks officials said an additional 20,000 fans had gathered in the Deer District outside the three-year arena.

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