The Milwaukee Bucks honored Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Toronto Raptors:
The @Bucks honored Oscar Robertson, who starred on their last title team, in Milwaukee! #FearTheDeer | #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/EKoR30fdzU
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 16, 2019
Robertson helped the Bucks win the championship in 1971. He averaged 19.4 points, 8.2 assists, and 5.7 rebounds that year.
Milwaukee was consistently terrific throughout the ’70s and ’80s, but the franchise has mostly been mediocre or bad since. They did reach the Eastern Conference Finals back in 2001, but they lost to Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers.
This season, though, the Bucks have transformed into a championship contender. They finished with the league’s best record and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. They then made quick work of the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics in the first two rounds of the postseason.
The second-seeded Toronto Raptors are now the only obstacle that separates the Bucks from the NBA Finals. The Bucks made it clear in Game 1 that they have no plans of backing down against a team led by Kawhi Leonard, a former Finals MVP. They took down the Raptors 108-100 to take a 1-0 series lead.
This is the perfect opportunity for Milwaukee to replicate its championship run from more than three decades ago. It’s too early to tell if the Bucks will be the team that will have a parade this June, but they are seven wins away from making that a reality.