Pallacanestro Virtus Roma
Pallacanestro Virtus Roma is an Italian professional basketball club based in Rome, Lazio. It plays since the 2015 -- 16 season, it was a major side in Europe, winning the 1983–84 FIBA European Champions Cup, at one time being one of only 13 clubs to hold a EuroLeague A license. However, its standing waned, Virtus became less competitive in both Europe and the domestic LBA - which it had won in 1983 – before being voluntarily relegated to the Italian second division in July 2015. For past club sponsorship names, see sponsorship names; the club was formed by the merger of two Roman sides, San Saba and Gruppo Borgo Cavalleggeri, under the name Virtus Aurelia in the late 1960s, the founding date of San Saba, 1960, was kept as Virtus'. In 1972, Virtus Aurelia merged with GS Banco di Roma, the sporting wing of Banco di Roma, forming Pallacanestro Banco di Roma Virtus; the side reached the Italian second division in 1978, staying two years before moving up to the Italian top level LBA, in 1980. This was the start of an extended stay in the first division, success followed soon after, with the side winning the 1983 championship.
Earning a place in the 1983–84 FIBA European Champions Cup, Virtus went on to win the competition at its first try, with a Larry Wright led squad, that had Clarence Kea, Renzo Tombolato, Fulvio Polesello. Wright was decisive in the EuroLeague Final against FC Barcelona, scoring 27 points, as Roma overturned a 10-point halftime deficit to win the decider; the next season, the Italian club won the 1984 FIBA Intercontinental Cup, after topping a group of international clubs in Brazil. Roma won the 1985–86 FIBA Korać Cup final against Mobilgirgi Caserta; the club's next title was the 1991–92 FIBA Korać Cup, by which time Banco di Roma had been replaced as the club's sponsor by Il Messaggero. A squad comprising Dino Rađa, Rick Mahorn, Roberto Premier, Andrea Niccolai downed Scavolini Pesaro in the two-legged final; the next year, Virtus managed to reach the FIBA Korać Cup final again, but lost the game against Philips Milano. During the 2002–03 season, Carlton Myers led the team to a 25–9 record in the Serie A, as Roma reached the playoff's semifinals.
After adding Dejan Bodiroga as a player, head coach Svetislav Pešić, in the 2005 off-season, Virtus reached the ULEB Cup quarterfinals, the Serie A semifinals, the Italian Cup final, that it lost in overtime. In the summer of 2011, the Italian club's EuroLeague A-license was suspended, after it finished in the bottom half of the Serie A; the next year, it lost the license after having the worst record among A license clubs. It lost its license to EA7 Emporio Armani Milano. In a strange twist, Virtus Roma went on to have an excellent season, unexpectedly, by their own admission, reaching the Serie A finals, which would earn it the right to return to the EuroLeague. However, the club relinquished their rights, as they did not agree to some of the competition's requirements. In particular, paying rent for an arena with the minimum arena capacity, they thus earned a place in the second tier EuroCup instead. In July 2015, despite having satisfied the economic conditions to participate in the Italian top level LBA, the club's management asked to participate instead in the Italian second division Serie A2.
The permission to do so was granted by the Italian Basketball Federation. The cited motive for the move to the lower division, was an insufficient budget to be competitive at the higher level, the desire to restructure the club based on a youth policy. Palazzetto dello Sport: PalaLottomatica:: Virtus played at the 3,500 seating capacity Palazzetto dello Sport arena, until 1983; the club played at the 11,200 seat PalaLottomatica arena, from 1983 to 2011, except between 2000 and 2003, when the arena was undergoing extensive renovation work. After the club down scaled its operations costs, due to reduced funds, Virtus found the operating costs of the PalaLottomatica to be prohibitive, decided to avoid playing in the larger arena. So from 2011 to 2018, it returned to the Palazzetto dello Sport playing games their during the 2013 Italian LBA Finals. In June 9, 2018, Virtus Roma reached a new deal with All Events SpA, the operator of PalaLottomatica, to play at the arena during the Serie A2 2018–19 season.
Total titles: 6 Italian LeagueChampions: 1982–83 Runners-up: 2007–08, 2012–13Italian CupRunners-up: 1989–90, 2005–06Italian SupercupWinners: 2000 EuroLeagueChampions: 1983–84FIBA Korać Cup Champions: 1985–86, 1991–92 Runners-up: 1992–93 Semifinalists: 1997–98European Club Super Cup Runners-up: 1983 FIBA Intercontinental CupChampions: 1984 The following table shows the records from the season 1977–78 in all competitions: Throughout the years, due to sponsorship, the club has been known as: Virtus Aurelia Banco di Roma Virtus Phonola Roma Il Messaggero Roma Virtus Roma Burghy Roma Teorematour Roma Nuova Tirrena Roma Telemarket Roma Calze Pompea Roma Aeroporti di Roma Virtus Würth Roma Lottomatica Roma Acea Roma UniCusano Roma Serie A Historical Results Retrieved 18 July 2015 Eurobasket.com Team Profile
LNB Pro A
The LNB Pro A known as Pro A and for sponsorship reasons named the Jeep Élite, is the top-tier level men's professional basketball league in France. The competition has existed since 1921. Since 1987, the Ligue Nationale de Basket has organized the league; the bottom two placed teams from each season are relegated to the second tier level Pro B. The winner of the play-offs of the Pro A is crowned the French national champion. All 16 Pro A League teams play each other twice during the regular season. At the end of the regular season, the top eight teams qualify for the playoffs; the two teams with the worst regular season records are relegated to the 2nd-tier Pro B. Through the 1985–86 season, the league championship was determined by a one-off final, or by league play. Since the format for the league finals has changed many times: From the 2003–04 season, through the 2006–07 season, the Pro A League had 18 teams. Through the wild-card system, it will have 18 teams again from 2014–15 season. Notes Currently, LNB Pro.
1920–21 to 1948–49 Excellence 1949–50 to 1962–63 Nationale 1963–64 to 1964–65 Première Division 1965–66 to 1986–87 Nationale 1 1987–88 to 1991–92 Nationale 1A 1992 to 1993 Nationale A1 1993–94 to present Pro A 2017–18–present: Jeep Élite In each Pro A season, individual honors are given to players who performed well during a given season. The awards that are handed out include: Leaders Cup French Basketball Cup Match des Champions LNB Pro B Official Site Eurobasket.com League Page
Club Deportivo Saski-Baskonia, S. A. D. Commonly known as Saski Baskonia and as Kirolbet Baskonia for sponsorship reasons, is a professional basketball team, based in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain; the team plays in the EuroLeague. Baskonia has been a successful team in Spain, winning three ACB championships, six Spanish Cups and four Spanish Supercups. On the European level, Baskonia is one of the most important teams as it is present in the EuroLeague since 2000–01 season. Baskonia has been runners-up of the EuroLeague twice, in 2001 and 2005; the club was founded in 1959 as the basketball section of Club Deportivo Vasconia. It first played at Spain's highest level in 1972, emerged as a major force in Spanish basketball in the 1990s. Baskonia's first trophy of any kind came in 1995, the Spanish King's Cup, when Pablo Laso and Velimir Perasović led the team to an historical win; the club was making noise internationally too, reaching the FIBA Saporta Cup final in both 1994 and 1995. When it hosted the same title game in 1996, Baskonia pleased its many fans by downing PAOK behind 31 points from Ramón Rivas.
Baskonia made its first Spanish Championship playoff final in 1998 and added a second Spanish King's Cup title in 1999. They found quick success in the newly reborn EuroLeague. With a deep roster featuring Elmer Bennett, Saulius Štombergas, Victor Alexander, Fabricio Oberto and a young Luis Scola, Baskonia reached the 2001 EuroLeague Finals, before losing to Kinder Bologna in the fifth and final game on the road. With winning momentum and the additions of Dejan Tomašević and Andrés Nocioni, Baskonia celebrated the next season with another Spanish King's Cup trophy and its first Spanish League title ever. Baskonia snatched two more Spanish King's Cups, in 2004 and 2006, as Luis Scola and Pablo Prigioni played decisive roles, success followed the team in the EuroLeague. Baskonia's arrival to its first EuroLeague Final Four in 2005 couldn’t have been louder, as the team upset favored host CSKA Moscow in the semifinals, but couldn’t overcome defending champ Maccabi in the title game. Back home, Baskonia again reached the Spanish League finals.
Baskonia returned to the EuroLeague Final Four in 2006, but once again Maccabi stood in its way, this time in the semifinal. The team made it to the Spanish League finals, but was swept there; the next season, Baskonia won its EuroLeague regular season and Top 16 groups before sweeping Olympiacos in the Quarterfinal Playoffs, as Scola became the EuroLeague Basketball's top all-time scorer at that time. Nonetheless, eventual champion Panathinaikos downed Baskonia in the semifinals and once home again in Spain, Baskonia lost in the playoff semifinals. Through outstanding scouting and shrewd management, Baskonia built a squad that went to four straight EuroLeague Final Fours. Baskonia advanced to the EuroLeague Final Four in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, losing to Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv in the 2005 final, 2006 semifinals, to Panathinaikos in the 2007 semifinals, to CSKA Moscow in the 2008 semifinals. In the 2009–10 season, Baskonia won the Spanish Liga ACB championship after sweeping Regal FC Barcelona in the league's finals, 3–0.
In 2016, Baskonia returned the EuroLeague Final Four for the first time in eight years, as the club made it to the 2016 Final Four. Here the team was defeated after overtime in the semi-final by Fenerbahçe. In the third place game, Baskonia lost to Russian side Lokomotiv Kuban. In the following two season, the team was eliminated in the EuroLeague playoffs. In the 2016–17 season, the EuroLeague adopted a new league-style format in which a round-robin season of sixteen teams was played. Baskonia was one of the ten teams with A-licences. In the first season in the new format, Baskonia was eliminated in the quarter-finals by CSKA Moscow, 0–3. In the 2017–18 season, the club was defeated by Fenerbahçe, losing the quarter-final series 1–3; the club was referred to for years as Tau Cerámica, a Spanish brand name of ceramics manufacturer TAULELL, which name sponsored the club from 1987–2009. TAULELL used another of its brand names, Taugrés, as the name of the team, before changing the name to Tau Cerámica in 1997.
Tau, Taugrés and Tau Vitoria were frequently used to refer to the team. Baskonia, Saski Baskonia, Saski Baskonia, S. A. D. Refer to the name of the actual sports club itself. In 2009, the Spanish credit union Caja Laboral became the new name sponsor of the club and increased the amount of money that the name sponsor contributes to the sports club's budget. In 2016, Laboral Kutxa end its sponsorship naming to Baskonia. Baskonia has received diverse sponsorship names along the years: Caja Álava Taugrés / Tau Cerámica Caja Laboral / Laboral Kutxa Kirolbet Since 1991, Baskonia has played its home games at the Fernando Buesa Arena, which has a seating capacity of 15,504 people for basketball games; the arena was called the Pabellón Araba, from 1991 to 2000. The arena was extensively renovated and expanded in the year 2012. Source: baskonistas.com Spanish LeagueWinners: 2001–02, 2007–08, 2009–10 Runners-up: 1997–98, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09Spanish CupWinners: 1995, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009 Runners-up: 1994, 2003, 2008Spanish SupercupWinners: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008.
Runners-up: 2011, 2018Association CupWinners: 19852nd DivisionWinners: 1971–72Basque CupWinners: 2011, 2012 EuroLeagueRunners-up: 2000–01, 2004–05 3rd place: 2005–06 4th place: 2006–07, 2007–08, 2015–16 Final Four: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2016FIBA Saporta CupWinners: 1995–96 MVP Ramón Rivas Runners-up: 1993–94, 1994–
AEK Basketball Club known as AEK B. C. or AEK, more known in European competitions as AEK Athens, is a Greek professional basketball club based in Athens, part of the major multi-sport club AEK. The club was established in Athens in 1924 by Greek refugees from Constantinople in the wake of the Greco-Turkish War. AEK was the first-ever Greek basketball team, not only to reach a European Cup Final, but to win a European title. On April 4, 1968, AEK defeated Slavia VŠ Praha by a score of 89–82, in Athens in front of 80,000 fans, they have won the Greek League 8 times, the Greek Cup 4 times, while they have twice won the FIBA Saporta Cup. AEK won the Champions League on May 6, 2018, defeating Monaco by a score of 100–94 and the FIBA Intercontinental Cup on Feb 17, 2019, defeating Flamengo by a score of 86-70, they are one of the 3 most popular Greek clubs, with millions of fans in both Greece and Cyprus, as well as in the Greek communities all over the world in Australia, the United Kingdom, North America.
Well-known players that have played with the club over the years have included: Rolando Blackman, Ricky Pierce, Danny Vranes, Ruben Patterson, Kurt Rambis, J. R. Holden, Willie Anderson, Joe Arlauckas, Anthony Bowie, Arijan Komazec, Martin Müürsepp, Clint Richardson, Bill Edwards, Victor Alexander, Claudio Coldebella, İbrahim Kutluay, Pero Antić, Carl English, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Bane Prelević, Georgios Amerikanos, Georgios Trontzos, Vassilis Goumas, Minas Gekos, Pavlos Stamelos, Kostas Patavoukas, Angelos Koronios, Michalis Kakiouzis, Nikos Chatzis, Jake Tsakalidis, Nikos Zisis, Nasos Galakteros, Dimos Dikoudis, Dimitris Papanikolaou, Ioannis Bourousis and Loukas Mavrokefalidis. AEK B. C. has been named as the best Greek team in all sports, at either the sports club or national team level, on three separate occasions, in 1965, 1966, 1968, by SJA of Greece. The large Greek population of Constantinople, not unlike those of the other Ottoman urban centres, continued its athletic traditions in the form of numerous athletic clubs.
Clubs such as Enosis Tataoulon, from the Tatavla district, Megas Alexandros, Hermes of Galata, Olympias of Therapia, Kati Kioi of Chalcedon, existed to promote Hellenic athletic and cultural ideals. These were amongst a dozen Greek-backed clubs that dominated the sporting landscape of the city in the years preceding World War I. After the war, with the influx of French and English soldiers to Constantinople, many of the city clubs participated in regular competition, with teams formed by the foreign troops. Taxim and Tatavla became the scene of weekly competitions in not only football, but of athletics, cycling and tennis. Of the clubs in the city though, football was dominated by Enosis Hermes. Hermes, one of the more popular clubs, was formed by the Greek community of Pera. Forced by the Kemalist regime to change its name to Pera Club in 1923, many of its athletes fled to Greece, settled in Athens and Thessaloniki; the basketball team of AEK is the most successful among AEK's athletic departments.
The obvious reason is the successes in general of Greek basketball, that AEK's basketball team was the first Greek team to win an international trophy, in any team sport. Under Kostas Karamanlis' guidance, AEK won the club's first Greek League championship in 1958. Kostas Dimopoulos, one of the creators of AEK athletic club and footballer of the early years, had the idea of creating a basketball team, his efforts were matched by others who loved the sport of basketball. He took over the leadership of the club's basketball department, together with the Simeonidi brothers, Eumenis Athanasiadis and others, created the club's first basketball team. In the beginning, they took part in friendly games. After that, AEK won the first regional basketball championship, played in Athens, organized by the local YMCA, in 1924. In 1928, AEK took part in the first Greek basketball championship, in the Athens-Piraeus 1927–28 regional championship. In 1929, the Greek basketball championship was not held, AEK did not play in any league.
In 1930, the basketball section was not declared in any organized competition, with the effective efforts of Kostas Dimopoulos and his associates to do so, failing. The club's basketball section remained in obscurity for many years. However, in 1949, it reappeared, the club's administration of that time created a new and competitive team. In the 1952–53 season, AEK played in the Greek basketball championship for the first time since 1928. In the 1954–55 Greek League championship AEK, had an impressive run, however they finished behind Panellinios. In 1958, AEK B. C. led by player-coach Kostas Karamanlis, won their first Greek League championship, after defeating Panellinios in the final, by a score of 67–54. The club founded a women's section in this time, which lasted for a short time; the department had success with the four sisters Chorianopoulou sisters. However, the club did not give the necessary importance to the department, it was dissolved. "The Union", in the early 1960s, won the Athens-Piraeus Regional Championship two times in a row, but did not manage to become the national league champion of Greece.
But the 1960s decade was to be the most important in the history of A
FC Barcelona Bàsquet
FC Barcelona Bàsquet currently known as FC Barcelona Lassa or Barça Lassa for sponsorship reasons, is a Spanish professional basketball club. It is a part of the FC Barcelona multi sports club, was founded on 24 August 1926, which makes it the oldest club in the Liga ACB; the club competes domestically in the EuroLeague. Two times European champions, Barça completed a triple crown in 2003 by winning the season's league and EuroLeague; the team plays its home games at Palau Blaugrana, opened on 23 October 1971. They share the facilities with the roller hockey and handball teams of the club; some of the well-known players that have played with the team included Pau Gasol, Rony Seikaly, Marc Gasol, Anderson Varejão, Juan Carlos Navarro, Jaka Lakovič, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Dejan Bodiroga, Gianluca Basile, Ricky Rubio, Juan Antonio San Epifanio, Saša Đorđević, Tony Massenburg. FC Barcelona Lassa has a reserve team, called FC Barcelona Bàsquet B, that plays in the Spanish 2nd-tier LEB Oro; the club entered its first competition in 1927.
During these early years basketball in Catalonia was dominated by other clubs such as CE Europa, Laietà BC, CB Atlètic Gràcia and Société Patrie and it was not until the 1940s that FC Barcelona became established as a basketball team. During this decade they were runners-up once. In 1956 they finished as runners-up. In 1959 they won cup double; the 1960s and 1970s saw the team in decline. In 1961 the club president Enric Llaudet dissolved the team in spite of its popularity. However, in 1962, the club was reformed after a campaign by the fans. In 1964 the league's Primera División was cut from fourteen teams to eight and the club found themselves in the Segunda División after not finishing between the two first qualified teams in the relegation playoffs; however they returned to the top division after being crowned Segunda champions in 1965. During the 1970s the club was persistently overshadowed by its rivals Joventut. In the 1980s club president Josep Lluís Núñez gave the team his full support with the aim of making the club the best in Spain and Europe.
His support produced results and during the decade inspired by their coach Aíto García Reneses and players like Juan Antonio San Epifanio, Andrés Jiménez, Audie Norris and Solozábal, the club won six Spanish championships, five Spanish cups, two European Cup Winners' Cups, the Korać Cup and the World Championship. However the European Cup remained elusive, ending as runners-up in 1984; the club built on this success during the 1990s, winning a further four Spanish championships and two Spanish cups. They were still unable to win the European Cup despite playing in a further four finals in 1990, 1991, 1996 and 1997, they made a record six EuroLeague Final Four appearances. The star player during this era was Juan Antonio San Epifanio, their persistence paid off and in 2003, inspired by Dejan Bodiroga, Gregor Fučka, Šarūnas Jasikevičius and Juan Carlos Navarro, they won the EuroLeague, beating Benetton Treviso 76–65 in front of a packed Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona. They repeated the feat in 2010, defeating Olympiacos by a wide 86–68 in Paris, that October, they made further history when they beat the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers – including Kobe Bryant and FCB Bàsquet alumnus and Barcelona native Pau Gasol – 92-88 at the Palau Sant Jordi as part of the 2010 NBA Europe Live Tour.
The match was notable for being both a match-up between the reigning NBA and EuroLeague champions and the first time a European team had won against a defending NBA champion. Two FCB Bàsquet players in that game – captain Navarro and point guard Ricky Rubio – either had or went on to play in the NBA. In the following years, Barcelona would stay on top of Spanish basketball, playing all league and cup finals against rival Real Madrid. From 2012 till 2014, Barcelona managed to reach the Euroleague Final Four. However, it could not reach further than the semifinals. Barcelona won the Spanish Championship in 2014, but the next few seasons became absolute disasters, both in the Euroleague, the Spanish League. From 2004 until 2007 the club was sponsored by the Winterthur Group, a Swiss insurance company with offices in Barcelona since 1910, which led to the team featuring the birthplace of Joan Gamper, the club's founder, on their shirts. In 2006 the Winterthur Group was taken over by AXA. In the 2008–09 season, the club's sponsorship changed to Spanish insurer Regal.
This sponsorship finished in June 2013. FC Barcelona Banca Catalana 1993–1997 Winterthur FC Barcelona 2004–2007 AXA FC Barcelona 2007–2008 Regal FC Barcelona 2008–2011 FC Barcelona Regal 2011–2013 FC Barcelona Lassa 2015–2019 Sol de Baix Sports Complex Les Corts Court, located next to Les Corts football stadium Palau Sant Jordi, after 1992 used for home games Palau Blaugrana Nou Palau Blaugrana Managers since 1974: Spanish LeagueWinners: 1958–59, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14 Runners-up: 1957, 1971–72, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1990–91, 1993–94, 1999–00, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16Spanish CupWinners
Greek Basketball Cup
The Greek Basketball Cup or Hellenic Basketball Cup is the top-tier level annual pro basketball national cup competition in Greece. It is organized by the Hellenic Basketball Federation. There were no official Greek Cups, or Greek Cup records, with regards to the tournament before the 1975–76 season, but according to some sources, AEK won two unofficial versions of the Greek Cup in the seasons of 1966–67 and 1970–71. The first official Greek Cup took place during the 1975–76 season. From the 1994–95 to 2003–04 seasons, the Final Four format was used; the competition format includes a total of 62 teams. The top six placed teams from the previous season of the Greek Basket League have an automatic bye to the quarterfinals, while the other eight teams play in preliminary rounds for the other two quarterfinals places; the quarterfinals and onward rounds are played under a single elimination format. 6 clubs have won the Greek Basketball Cup. The 6 clubs that have won the Greek Basketball Cup all come from either the Thessaloniki or Athens urban areas, which are the two largest urban areas in the country of Greece.
The Final Four system was introduced in the 1994–95 season, while the last Final Four was held during the 2003–04 season. Since the first Greek Cup in 1976, the Top Scorer of the Greek Cup Finals is given an award, regardless of whether he plays on the winning or losing team. Since 1995, an MVP is named at the conclusion of the finals.: Players that are still active are marked in bold.: Players that are still active are marked in bold.: Head coaches that are still active are marked in bold. Greek Basket League Greek A2 Basket League HEBA Greek All-Star Game Hellenic Basketball Federation Hellenic Basketball Association Official Hellenic Basketball Federation Site Official website Official English website
The Milwaukee Bucks are an American professional basketball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Bucks compete in the National Basketball Association as a member club of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division; the team was founded in 1968 as an expansion team, play at the Fiserv Forum. Former U. S. Senator Herb Kohl was the long-time owner of the team, but on April 16, 2014, a group led by billionaire hedge fund managers Wes Edens and Marc Lasry agreed to purchase a majority interest in the team from Kohl, a sale, approved by the owners of the NBA and its Board of Governors one month on May 16; the team is managed by Jon Horst, the team's former director of basketball operations, who took over for John Hammond in May 2017. The Bucks have won one league title, two conference titles, 14 division titles, they have featured such notable players as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sidney Moncrief, Oscar Robertson, Bob Dandridge, Bob Lanier, Glenn Robinson, Ray Allen, Sam Cassell, Junior Bridgeman, Michael Redd, Terry Cummings, Vin Baker, Jon McGlocklin, Marques Johnson, Brian Winters.
On January 22, 1968, the NBA awarded a franchise to Milwaukee Professional Sports and Services, Inc. a group headed by Wesley Pavalon and Marvin Fishman. A fan contest was held to name the new team, with over 40,000 fans participating. While the most-voted fan entry was the Robins, named for Wisconsin's state bird, the contest judges went with the second-most popular choice, the Bucks, a reference to Wisconsin's official wild animal, the white-tailed deer. One fan, R. D. Trebilcox, was awarded a new car for his part in reasoning why the Bucks was a good nickname, saying that bucks were "spirited, good jumpers and agile." The Bucks marked a return of the NBA to Milwaukee after 13 years. In October, the Bucks played their first NBA regular-season game against the Chicago Bulls before a Milwaukee Arena crowd of 8,467; as is typical with expansion teams, the Bucks' first season was a struggle. Their first victory came in their sixth game as the Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 134–118; the Bucks' record that year earned them a coin flip against their expansion cousins, the Phoenix Suns, to see who would get the first pick in the upcoming draft.
It was considered a foregone conclusion that the first pick in the draft would be Lew Alcindor of UCLA. The Bucks won the coin flip, but had to win a bidding war with the upstart American Basketball Association to secure him. Despite the Bucks' stroke of fortune in landing Alcindor, no one expected what happened in 1969–70, they finished with a 56–26 record – a nearly exact reversal of the previous year and good enough for the second-best record in the league, behind the New York Knicks. The 29-game improvement was the best in league history – a record which would stand for 10 years until the Boston Celtics jumped from 29 wins in 1978–79 to 61 in 1979–80; the Bucks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in five games in the Eastern semifinals, only to be dispatched in five by the Knicks in the Eastern finals. Alcindor was a runaway selection for NBA Rookie of the Year; the following season, the Bucks got an unexpected gift when they acquired Oscar Robertson, known as the "Big O", in a trade with the Cincinnati Royals.
Subsequently, in only their third season, the Bucks finished 66–16 – the second-most wins in NBA history at the time, still the most in franchise history. During the regular season, the Bucks recorded, they steamrolled through the playoffs with a dominating 12–2 record, winning the NBA Championship on April 30, 1971, by sweeping the Baltimore Bullets in four games. By winning it all in only their third season, the Bucks became the fastest expansion team in the history of North American sports to win a championship; as of 2018, it remains the only title in team history. The Bucks remained a powerhouse for the first half of the 1970s. In 1972, they recorded their third consecutive 60-win season. During the year, Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Milwaukee beat the Warriors in the playoffs 4–1, but lost the conference finals to Los Angeles 4–2. Injuries resulted in an early 1973 playoff exit, but the Bucks were back in the 1974 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. In game six of the series, Abdul-Jabbar made his famous "sky hook" shot to end a classic double-overtime victory for the Bucks.
The Bucks lost the series to the Celtics. As the 1974–1975 season began, Abdul-Jabbar suffered a hand injury and the team got off to a 3–13 start. After his return, other injuries befell Milwaukee, sending them to the bottom of their division with 38 wins and 44 losses; when the season ended, Abdul-Jabbar made the stunning announcement that he no longer wished to play for the Bucks, stating that he needed the big city, requesting a trade to either Los Angeles or New York City. The front office was unable to convince him otherwise and on June 16, 1975, the Bucks pulled a mega-trade by sending Abdul-Jabbar to the Lakers for Elmore Smith, Junior Bridgeman, Brian Winters and David Meyers; the trade triggered a series of events. The Bucks' largest stockholder, cable television executive Jim Fitzgerald, opposed the trade and wanted to sell his stock. Although Fitzgerald was the largest stockholder, he did not own enough stock to control the team. After the deal, the Bucks