I’m J.D. Mo, and welcome to my NBA blog and its irrational focus on the Milwaukee Bucks. I’ve been a Bucks junkie since 1977 when Nellie drafted Marques and the team was Green and Growing and built to contend for NBA championships … until the Bucks power forward, Dave Meyers, retired for reasons unknown ( to this day he won’t talk about it). I knew then that things stranger than fiction could happen to the Milwaukee Bucks, and probably will. Often these strange occurrences have revolved around the power forward position, whether it’s the ill-fated trade of Mickey Johnson for point guard T.J. Ford in 1982; Larry Krystkowiak wrecking his knee against the Pistons in the 1989 playoffs; swapping Dirk Nowitzki for Robert “Tractor” Traylor in the 1998 draft; or seeing Scott Williams suspended for game 7 against Allen Iverson‘s Sixers in the 2001 East Finals. After much careful analysis, the conclusion was clear: The Bucks were jinxed at the power forward position. This blog was thus named after the late Bob Boozer, the veteran power forward on the one and only Bucks championship team. Boozer retired from the NBA after the Lew Alcindor-led Bucks won title in 1971, and the Bucks and their fans have known plenty of heartbreak ever since.
Think the missed calls and “what ifs” were hard to take in 2001? To have lived and died a hundred times through the near misses and bad luck of the Nellie years in the 1980s was a special kind of torture for Bucks fans. Our stars, Marques Johnson and Sidney Moncrief, never quite got to be like Jim Kelly, loser of four Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills. NFL history has forgiven Kelly, but NBA history has never forgiven Marques and Sidney, something the Basketball Hall of Fame committee confirms each and every year it votes on a new class of inductees.
The causal effect of all this is that a certain sense of the absurd has germinated amid Milwaukee pro basketball fandom, and it runs like an undercurrent through some of what you’ll find here at the Bob Boozer Jinx, though not all. You’ll also find in depth statistical analysis and, almost always, a bent toward NBA history because nobody else seems to get it right (tried watching Bill Simmons’ new show on HBO but had to quit after Simmons’ Tim Duncan retirement spiel spun off tracks). History is difficult to write in real time, and should never be written when TV ratings are involved.
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