On Tuesday evening, before the Bucks face the Miami Heat in what will likely be the NBA's version of scooping slop out of the chum bucket, the organization will honor Brian Winters.
Originally hailing from Long Island, Winters came to the Bucks as part of the trade that sent Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the Lakers in 1975. Los Angeles grabbed Winters with the 12th pick in the 1974 NBA draft. He had a productive nine year career that included two All Star appearances and played on six different playoff teams. Winters averaged 16.2 points and 4.1 assists over his career. His best years were as a Buck in the mid to late 70's where he averaged over 19 points and a little under five assists per game. His number 32 hangs in the rafters at the Bradley Center.
Since retiring from the NBA, Winters has held down a number coaching gigs, including assistant jobs under Pete Carril at Princeton and Lenny Wilkins at Cleveland and Atlanta. He was the inaugural coach for the Vancouver Grizzlies for a year and a half and more recently, he was the head coach for the WNBA's Indiana Fever. How many former Bucks can say they've steered a WNBA team to the playoffs?
So there you have it Bucks fans. There's a reason to leave the house on a Tuesday night. Go downtown, stop at Goolsby's for a few pops and some hot wings, get yourself a couple cheap Bucks tickets, watch Johnny Mac carry Brian Winters around on his shoulders at half time, then quickly head into the Courtside Club so you don't have to watch two of the NBA's loneliest teams blame their uninspired play on crooked referees while they slowly limp in overpaid fashion to the end of another pointless season.