May 2, 2011 //
Bucks.com to provide exclusive content honoring 40th anniversary of the Bucks 1971 World Championship
The Milwaukee Bucks are presenting a special tribute on Bucks.com to the franchise’s 1971 World Championship team over the next week as Saturday, April 30 marks the 40th anniversary of the Bucks winning at Baltimore to complete a four-game sweep to bring the NBA championship to Milwaukee.
Starting today, Friday, April 29, the Bucks are unveiling their championship anniversary content on Bucks.com with an introductory video by the television “voice of the Bucks” Jim Paschke. The web page will contain feature articles, photos and videos with a new top story each day for the next week. The Bucks are pleased to announce that longtime, respected Milwaukee journalist Dale Hofmann will be contributing exclusive articles to the tribute section with interviews of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wayne Embry.
Along with Abdul-Jabbar and then Director of Player Personnel Embry (also member of the 1968-69 expansion team and general manager from 1972-76) the list of individuals contributing their memories includes: Eddie Doucette (Bucks radio and TV play-by-play announcer), Arnie Garber (Bucks Trainer), Bob Wanek (Bucks official scorer 1968-present) and Mike Goodwin (current member of Bucks stats crew and son of “Goody” Goodwin, Bucks equipment manager in 1970-71).
In addition, during the FS Wisconsin coverage of the Brewers-Houston game tomorrow night, Saturday, April 30, former Bucks Director of Publicity Jim Foley will share his recollection of the championship season.
Milwaukee defeated Baltimore on April 30, 1971 to claim the World Championship in a sweep, in just their third season of existence, marking the fastest time an expansion team has gone on to become a champion in any sport. The club finished the regular season with a 66-16 record and stormed through the playoffs with a 12-2 record. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was named the league’s regular season MVP after averaging 31.7 points and 16.0 rebounds and was also the Finals MVP with averages of 26.6 points and 17.0 boards.