The Milwaukee Bucks joined the NBA as an expansion team for the 1968-69 season. After one losing season, the Bucks’ fortunes immediately changed thanks to the addition of rookie center Lew Alcindor, later to be known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Abdul-Jabbar led the Bucks to the playoffs in 1970, and after teaming with aging superstar Oscar Robertson the following year, won the NBA championship in 1971. Abdul-Jabbar and Robertson made the NBA Finals once more, but fell to the Boston Celtics in 1974. The 1979-1980 season marked the first of 12 consecutive seasons the Bucks reached the playoffs, the longest such streak in the franchise’s history. The run came to a crashing halt in 1991, when the team won just 31 games, the lowest win total since 1977. It wouldn’t be until Ray Allen came into his own in Milwaukee that the Bucks would reach the playoffs again. Since Allen was traded to the Seattle Supersonics, the Bucks have made the playoffs just four times in 10 years. Milwaukee has retired the numbers of seven players in the franchise’s history. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Milwaukee Bucks basketball tickets.
2016 Bucks Season Preview
The Milwaukee Bucks were one of the surprise teams of the year last season, rebounding from a 15 win effort, to win 41 games, and reach the Eastern Conference playoffs. Head Coach Jason Kidd enters his 2nd season with the Bucks and will look to continue the young Bucks transformation into a contender. Last year’s leading scorer Brandon Knight is gone, but in return, the Bucks received center Miles Plumlee who will look to sure up the Bucks defensive presence around the basket. The 2015-16 Milwaukee Bucks will also feature much more from Giannis Antetokounmpo, who will receive a greater offensive role with the departure of Knight. The biggest question surrounding the 2015 Milwaukee Bucks will be if a star player can emerge. The Bucks are likely playing without a legitimate superstar again this season, but as they proved last season, they are fully capable of winning by committee, and the Bucks will look to return to the playoffs this season.
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Milwaukee Bucks Basketball at BMO Harris Bradley Center Address: 1001 N 4th St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53203
The Bucks play their home games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When filled to capacity, the Bradley Center holds nearly 19 thousand screaming fans. The BMO Harris Bradley Center is located in the heart of Milwaukee, giving fans plenty to do around the arena both before and after the game. The Milwaukee Bucks home bench is on the BMO Harris Bradley Center court side in front of section 201. BMO Harris Bradley Center parking information is covered in our Bucks event guide.
Bucks vs. Bulls
The rivalry between the Bucks and the Bulls dates back to the mid-1970s when the Bucks defeated the Bulls for a division title and for the Eastern Conference title. The rivalry continued throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s when both teams were often fighting for conference supremacy. With the close proximity of the cities, this rivalry still remains high.
Bucks vs. Pacers
As division foes, the Bucks and the Pacers have met in the regular season over 150 times. Both teams are often fighting for a division title which has led this match-up to be hard fought and extremely intense. The highlight of the rivalry came when the two teams met in the playoffs in back-to-back seasons in 1999 and 2000.
Bucks in the NBA Finals, Eastern Conference Championships and NBA Playoffs
The Bucks established themselves as one of the premier organizations in the NBA in the 1970s and the 1980s. Milwaukee has won one NBA championship and multiple Eastern conference titles over the years. The Bucks have also won over 12 division titles, putting them in elite status among the rest of the league.
Milwaukee Bucks Event Guide
When do gates open prior to tipoff at a Bucks game?
Doors typically open 1 hour before game-time for the general public.
Where are good places to eat before a Bucks game?
For unbelievable barbeque, try Smoke-Shack. It is only a few blocks away and won’t disappoint. Mo’s A Place for Steaks, and Five O’Clock Steak House are both in the area and are two of the best places for steaks in the state. Upper 90 Sports Pub and Turner Hall are both great sports bars and have menus that will please everyone. For a more unique experience, try Old German Beer Hall or Mader’s. Both places have great atmospheres and awesome German food. Other good places are Major Goolsby’s, Brick 3 Pizza, or Wisconsin Cheese Mart.
Where is the best place to park at BMO Harris Bradley Center?
Parking at Bucks games is relegated to two key areas. The largest parking structure is located just to the south of the arena and will require you to either purchase a parking pass or arrive early to find a spot. The 2nd major parking area is an open-air lot on the southwest corner of the arena. This area also fills up quickly so it is advised that you plan your trip in advance and arrive early. All other parking is relegated to city and street parking. There are some good places in downtown, but you will have to walk at least a few blocks to get to the game.
Does my child need a ticket to go to a Bucks game?
Children 2 years old and younger are allowed to enter the arena without a ticket and may sit on a parents lap for the duration of the game. We recommend bringing proof of your child’s age to avoid any last minute hassles at the gate.