In reply to: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar forced Milwaukee to trade him posted by 1978Irish
being retired. I was at the Raptors game earlier this month and was reminded that the Bucks already have eight (8) retired jerseys (will be nine when they retire Marques Johnson's number in March). Possibly the same feeling for retiring Lanier's jersey.
This, for a team that has only won one NBA title. The Bucks haven't been to an NBA finals since Jabbar was traded and they haven't even won a playoff series since 2001.
And it's not like the Lakers started winning right away
They didn't make the playoffs his first year in LA
Then they had a few first round, second round and Conf Finals losses before the 79-80 season culminated in the title with Magic and Wilkes. It wasn't until his 5th season in LA that he won a title (after having spent 6 in Milwaukee)
It took a little while for all the pieces to get there (they also changed coaches as West completed his transition from the bench to the front office).
I've always thought it fascinating how the rich got richer in the early 80s.
The Lakers had a core of Jabbar, Magic and Wilkes that was winning and competing for titles.
And yet they were still able to draft guys like Worthy and trade for Byron Scott.
Who knew that #1 pick from Cleveland would be #1 overall (to get Worthy)
won the title and then had the #1 overall draft pick.
But I remember being amazed upon doing some digging, to find out how the Lakers got Worthy.
I had assumed they tanked a year with Magic and Jabbar, but didn’t realize they got it because of a trade. It was an amazing master stroke by the Lakers.