The Milwaukee Bucks know that it’s lean basketball times nowadays, even with the Orlando bubble yet-unpopped and the 2019-20 season restart creeping towards us. The Milwaukee Bucks are aware of your plight, basketball fans, and they’ve got something you didn’t know you needed:
It's a Bucks reunion!!— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) July 21, 2020
Join Bucks Legends Michael Redd, Desmond Mason and TJ Ford for the first-ever Bucks Legend Virtual Happy Hour presented by @JackDaniels_US on July 28!!
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The socially-distanced hang out will be happening on Microsoft Teams if you sign up at the link included in the tweet above. The event is scheduled to start at 6:00pm CST on July 28.
Desmond Mason was a part of the return from the infamous Ray Allen trade back in 2002, along with a first round pick that became Luke Ridnour and a few dozen games of Gary Payton. Mason played 10 years in the league, and he might be most well-known for winning the 2001 Dunk Contest (he was also in the 2002 and 2003 contests). Known as “The Cowboy” because of his Texas roots, Mason was an athletic wing best known for attacking the basket and drawing fouls.
Mason played 2.5 years in Milwaukee, and was included in a trade for (checks notes) Jamaal Magloire in 2005. Two years after being traded away, Mason signed in 2007 and returned with the Bucks as a free agent...and was then traded away again in a larger 2008 deal that sent out Mo Williams and netted the Bucks Damon Jones, Adrian Griffin, and (checks notes again) hey, Luke Ridnour! During and after his career, Mason is also an accomplished artist.
T.J. Ford was the Bucks’ first round pick (8th overall) in the vaunted 2003 NBA Draft. You know, the one that included LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and current Buck Kyle Korver (and Luke Ridnour!). Ford was an undersized (6’0”, 165 lbs) but incredibly quick point guard who had his rookie season cut short by a spinal injury. As he worked on his comeback, the Bucks traded him for Charlie Villanueva in 2006. He had some productive seasons with the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers, but suffered another spinal injury in 20012 as a member of the San Antonio Spurs that prompted his retirement. He eventually went back to school and graduated with his degree, and penned an article for the Player’s Tribune that revealed how he dealt with his spinal stenosis.
Michael Redd probably requires far less memory-jogging for Bucks fans. The 2003 All Star was originally drafted as a defensive wing, but he turned himself into a lights-out three point shooter in the early 2000s, settling his career three-point percentage at an even 0.380. He spent 11 years with the Bucks and was a 20+ point scorer in six of those campaigns, including a career high 26.7 per-game in 2006-07. He was really good. Multiple ACL injuries kept him out of action for long stretches, and his 2011 season with the Phoenix Suns was his last year in the NBA.
Personally, I’m disappointed that other Bucks legends like Brandon Jennings, Carlos Delfino, or Luke Ridnour (I had to mention him a third time!) aren’t involved, but the ability to connect with and rekindle some of the excitement with Redd, Ford, and Mason is still a hell of a lot of fun. Spots are limited, so if you’re interested, click here to sign up!