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Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo Wins NBA MVP Honors

Jun 25, 2019
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The Milwaukee Bucks fell two games short of the NBA Finals, but they won big at the NBA Awards. A tearful Giannis Antetokounmpo earned Most Valuable Player honors, Mike Budenholzer won Coach of the Year, and Jon Horst took Executive of the Year on Monday night in Santa Monica.

Antetokounmpo, a 24-year-old forward from Greece, beat out Paul George of Oklahoma City and James Harden of Houston, who won last year.

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While Wisconsin sports fans may be reeling from the Bucks' tough loss in the Eastern Conference Finals, Lake Effect sports contributor Shaun Ranft says fans should take solace in what was an extraordinary season by all accounts.

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The Milwaukee Bucks' season came to a devastating end on Saturday. After winning the first two games in the series, the Bucks lost the next four to the Toronto Raptors, eliminating them from the NBA Playoffs. Giannis Antetokounmpo enjoyed an MVP-level season while leading the Bucks to the best regular-season record in the NBA. Antetokounmpo’s a household name now, but up until six years ago he was undocumented.

Chuck Quirmbach

The Milwaukee Bucks season is over. The Bucks lost to the Toronto Raptors 100-94 Saturday night, in Toronto, in Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Toronto won the series 4-2, and will face the defending champion Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, beginning Thursday.

Despite the Bucks' loss, some in the crowd of thousands watching the game on video monitors outside Fiserv Forum in downtown Milwaukee saw positives for the city, and the Bucks' chances in the years ahead.

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Put the civic celebrations for the Milwaukee Bucks on hold.

The Bucks lost Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals to the Toronto Raptors Thursday night at the Fiserv Forum, by a score of 105-99.  The Raptors now lead the best of seven series three games to two, meaning Milwaukee must win both Saturday night in Toronto and Monday night in Milwaukee to advance to the NBA Finals.

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When you think of the NBA in Milwaukee - of course, the Milwaukee Bucks come to mind. We’ve got Giannis, a fiesty team, and a new arena. But what was pro basketball like here before the Bucks?

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The Milwaukee Bucks are moving on to the NBA Eastern Conference finals for the first time in 18 years. The Bucks completed their conference semi-final series against the Boston Celtics Wednesday night, with a 25-point victory before a sellout crowd at the Fiserv Forum.

The Bucks started to pull away from the Celtics just before halftime, and by late in the third quarter the nearly 18,000 fans were sensing victory. They cheered loudly.

Milwaukeean Tyrone Daniels says the Bucks are overdue for a championship.

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The National Basketball Association playoffs get underway Saturday, as 16 teams begin vying for the league championship. The Milwaukee Bucks had the best regular-season record, and city enthusiasm for the team includes dyeing a local river green.

On Friday, city officials dyed the Milwaukee River green, one of the Bucks' colors. The impressed fan Taman Herring, who likens it to the color of money. 

"In America, money makes the world go around, the river is now green," he says. "So, with that being said, go green, go Bucks!"

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The new Bucks arena is the world's first bird-friendly arena, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. Bryan Lenz, bird collision campaign manager with the American Bird Conservancy, had a lot to do with Fiserv Forum's owner's decision to consider bird safety.

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Updated Jan. 13, 2019

The Bradley Center's steel roof was demolished Sunday with explosives.

Emily Files

Mentors can help at-risk children stay in school, go to college and find a job. Even though there are many mentorship programs in Milwaukee, the efforts are piecemeal. But there’s a new organization in town that’s meant to bring together and bolster the city's mentorship programs.

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 Originally published Oct. 29, 2018

The expectations for the Milwaukee Bucks are high this year. The team has generally lived up to them, getting off to a fast start in their new arena, the Fiserv Forum. Longtime fans know that things don’t always work out, but newer fans might not be as familiar with some of the up-and-down half-century history of the basketball team that calls Milwaukee home.

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Around 4,000 construction workers put in nearly 2 million work hours to build the Milwaukee Bucks' new $524 million arena. But now that the construction is done, the focus turns to more long-term jobs.

Fiserv Forum opened last Sunday to great fanfare as tens of thousands of people stopped by the grand opening for a look inside.

Bucks leadership and local politicians, including Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, assembled in front of the building to offer some remarks and cut the ribbon to mark the arena’s official opening.

Fiserv Forum

The Milwaukee Bucks’ new $524 million arena officially has a name: Fiserv Forum.

The Bucks and Fiserv Co. announced Thursday a 25-year naming rights deal for the Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center in downtown Milwaukee, which opens next month. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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The Milwaukee Bucks open their NBA season this evening in Boston, against the Celtics.  They’ll play their first game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.  It’ll be the last opening night at the arena the team has called home since 1988.

In a feature in the October issue of Milwaukee Magazine, writer Zach Brooke explores the new arena that is rising downtown.

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