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File #: 66680    Version: 1 Name: Honoring the Milwaukee Bucks for their Historic 2021 NBA Finals Championship Win
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 7/28/2021 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: 8/3/2021 Final action: 8/3/2021
Enactment date: 8/6/2021 Enactment #: RES-21-00530
Title: Honoring the Milwaukee Bucks for their Historic 2021 NBA Finals Championship Win
Sponsors: Syed Abbas, Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Christian A. Albouras, Brian Benford, Juliana R. Bennett, Sheri Carter, Nikki Conklin, Jael Currie, Tag Evers, Yannette Figueroa Cole, Grant Foster, Keith Furman, Gary Halverson, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Patrick W. Heck, Lindsay Lemmer, Arvina Martin, Charles Myadze, Michael E. Verveer, Regina M. Vidaver, Nasra Wehelie
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
8/3/20211 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt Under Suspension of Rules 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, and 2.25Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
7/28/20211 Council Office RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - MISC. ITEMS  Action details Meeting details Not available

Fiscal Note

No fiscal impact.

Title

Honoring the Milwaukee Bucks for their Historic 2021 NBA Finals Championship Win

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WHEREAS, the Milwaukee Bucks were founded in 1968; and,

 

WHEREAS, in 1971, future Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, then known as Lew Alcindor, led the Bucks to their first NBA title win; and,

 

WHEREAS, in 1972, Bucks General Manager Wayne Embry became the first Black general manager in professional sports; and,

 

WHEREAS, in 1974, the Bucks won their second conference championship; and,

 

WHEREAS, in 2013, former Bucks guard Brandon Jennings declared that the team would win in the 6th game of the NBA Finals; and,  

 

WHEREAS, while that prediction did not come to pass in 2013, "Bucks in Six" became a rallying cry for fans in 2021 and sign of faith in the team, even when the team faced a 2-0 deficit in the NBA Finals; and,

 

WHEREAS, in 2018, the Bucks hired Mike Budenholzer as their coach, who was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2015; and,

 

WHEREAS, in the summer of 2020, the Bucks took a stand against racial injustice and for police accountability by refusing to play the August 26, 2020, game against the Orlando Magic, igniting a wave of game cancelations throughout the NBA, WNBA, and beyond; and,

 

WHEREAS, during their protest, the Bucks released a statement that stated, "When we take the court and represent Milwaukee and Wisconsin, we are expected to play at a high level, give maximum effort and hold each other accountable. We hold ourselves to that standard, and in this moment, we are demanding the same from our lawmakers and law enforcement"; and,

 

WHEREAS,  on July 20, 2021, 50 years since their first NBA title win, the Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns in the sixth game of the 2021 NBA Finals 105 to 98, bringing to fruition Jennings' prophesy and garnering their second NBA title; and,

 

WHEREAS, two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo was born in Athens, Greece, to Nigerian parents; and,

 

WHEREAS, Antetokounmpo led the team to their historic victory, scoring 50 points in the 6th game of the Finals, the 6th player in NBA Finals history to score as many points and, more importantly, set an example of leadership and grace throughout the season and playoffs; and,

 

WHEREAS, Governor Evers proclaimed Thursday, July 22, 2021, to be “Bucks in Six” Day;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Madison celebrates the stellar accomplishments of the Milwaukee Bucks and thanks them for their dedication, perseverance, and leadership and for helping to bring Wisconsinites together during their championship season.

 

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Mayor and Common Council encourage the Milwaukee Bucks to continue to represent the best of athletics, both in competition and in using their platforms to highlight issues of racial equity and social justice, and invite the team to visit the City of Madison and its youth and the fans who have cheered on their efforts.

 

Sources:

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/31472987/nba-finals-2021-phoenix-suns-vs-milwaukee-bucks-schedule-news-highlights-analysis

https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2020/08/26/live-coverage-bucks-vs-magic-game-5/3442100001/

https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2021/07/22/evers-declares-thursday-bucks-six-day-after-nba-finals-championship/8046315002/

https://www.nba.com/bucks/history

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Milwaukee-Bucks

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/03/sports/giannis-antetokounmpo-greece.html

https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2021/07/20/brandon-jennings-author-bucks-6-milwaukee-game-6/8024434002/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/bucks/2021/07/08/mike-budenholzer-makes-adjustments-get-bucks-nba-finals-vs-suns/7896332002/