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Bucks set franchise record with 63 losses

Apr 6, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

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The Bucks were the eight seed in the playoffs last season, and despite trading Brandon Jennings in the offseason, made some additional moves to bring in talent in hopes of remaining competitive this year.

It was the opposite of what the front office chose to do in Philadelphia, where tanking has been the buzz word most commonly used to describe the Sixers strategy.

Yet with just a few games remaining on the schedule, and despite Philadelphia tying an NBA record by racking up 26 straight losses, it’s the Bucks that find themselves with the league’s worst record, purely by accident.

From the Associated Press via NBA.com:

The Bucks set a franchise record for futility this season, though they aren’t dwelling on their failures.

With its 102-98 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night, Milwaukee established a dubious club record with its 63rd loss. It sealed the team’s fate as the biggest loser in the franchise’s 45-year history. …

This version of the Bucks topped the record for futility that the 1993-94 Bucks previously held, going 20-62 in Vin Baker’s rookie season. Milwaukee won the NBA draft lottery that spring, selected Glenn Robinson from Purdue and used that as a springboard to get to the Eastern Conference finals in the 2000-2001 season.

The Bucks had their two biggest offseason moves backfire completely. O.J. Mayo experienced a statistical decline in his performance, and Larry Sanders, the recipient of a four-year, $44 million contract extension in the offseason, has been nothing short of a disaster, for a variety of reasons.

Add in the fact that Milwaukee has had 14 players miss a combined 247 games due to injury, and that’s how you get a franchise record of 63 losses — with five games still remaining on this season’s schedule.

  1. thevikesarebest - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    They blow just like their NFL team.

    • theblackrook - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      Looks in your trophy case… the blowing you hear is the emptiness of your Lombardi case. When the vikings get a ring they can talk, until the shut up and get daddy another beer.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      Possibly the absolute stupidest comment these pages have ever seen. Must’ve taken an hour for you to come up with it.

    • garypagetwo - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      Viking fans are sad little queens

  2. tfoz5150 - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    “It was the opposite of what the front office in Philadelphia chose to do.” Nice touch d-bag.

  3. 00maltliquor - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Who woulda thought Brandon Jennings meant that much to them…

    • bougin89 - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:11 AM

      Ellis meant more to us. For all of Ellis’ flaws last year with the Bucks(too much chucking at times, etc.) at least he gave 110% effort at all times, unlike Jennings. Other guys followed suit like Sanders, Henson, Ersan. This year has just been a complete implosion starting with Sanders and OJ Mayo. Luckily this is the best thing that could have happened for us.

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        I was only half joking about Jennings, but you guys made the playoffs without Ellis and just Jennings before.

      • bougin89 - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        Very true. I guess I’m a little trigger happy when it comes to dumping on Jennings, haha. I have a hard time watching players give such little effort/hustle.

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