Milwaukee to retire Marques Johnson’s no. 8 jersey
The Bucks say they will retire the No. 8 jersey of Marques Johnson in a halftime ceremony March 24 against Cleveland. Johnson, who played in 524 career games with Milwaukee over seven seasons from 1977-84, will become the ninth player in Bucks history to have his number retired.
During his seven seasons with the Bucks, he averaged 21 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists and shot 53 percent from the field. He also ranks fourth all-time in terms of points average and field goal percentage in Bucks history.
Johnson also led Milwaukee to a winning record, with 347-227 (.605) in both regular season and playoffs, including five straight appearances in the postseason from 1980-84. The Bucks reached the Eastern Conference Finals twice in that span.
This is Johnson’s official statement regarding his jersey retirement.
“I am moved beyond words by such a gesture. I have always held a special place in my heart for the fans who supported the Bucks during my time there. For the organization to honor me this way, means more than words can express. Sometimes it takes being away from a situation to really appreciate what you had. I had long felt a sense of disappointment for falling short of the NBA Finals. What I have come to realize is that the fans of Milwaukee only ask that you play hard and give your best.”
Johnson currently works as a Bucks analyst for Fox Sports Wisconsin and has been nominated to be in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
His jersey will soon be seen alongside those of Bucks legends Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, which are already hanging in the rafters of the Firserv Forum.