“It’s kind of like Déjà vu:” Former Bucks player now does security for team
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- While fans are inside Fiserv Forum cheering on the Bucks in Game Two, they might see a familiar face working in the stands.
His name tag says Dick G, but Dick Garrett is much more than the average Bucks security guard and usher. The 72-year-old former NBA shooting guard played five seasons in the 70s. Dick Garrett was on the court the last time the Bucks were in the NBA finals in 1974. Now in the Eastern Conference Finals, he has a front row seat to the action.
"It's kind of like Deja Vu. I wish I could be playing, but I'm really excited for this team this year and we're looking forward to them going all the way," said Dick Garrett.
Most fans would have no idea that the friendly face in the stands who helps them get to their seats was once shooting hoops for their favorite team.
"I'm as much a basketball fan as I was a player so this is right up my alley," said Garrett.
The former player is humble, to say the least. So much so that the Bucks President himself didn't know that Garrett played for the team until he showed up at an alumni party.
"I kind of asked him, 'Hey good to see you, what are you doing here?' And he reminded me that he played on Bucks teams in the '70s and I was just kind of taken aback because he had never told me that," said Peter Feigin, Bucks President.
The Bucks are happy he's still part of the team, this time, it's off the court.
"Keeps him engaged," Feigin said. "He loves basketball. It’s all about being a piece of the community, less than a job."
Once a rookie himself, now he's in the stands ready to cheer on these young players all the way to the NBA finals.
"I'm really hyped about them. I think they'll go all the way to tell you the truth," said Garrett.