Wisconsin leaders, icons respond to Milwaukee Bucks NBA Championship
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- While some people were skeptical the Milwaukee Bucks would pull off a Game 6 win, fans stayed strong in their support for the team.
Fans never lost faith in the team, even when it seemed like all hope was lost. Officials say 65,000 fans filled the Deer District and thousands more packed the surrounding area to cheer on the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday, July 20.
However, it isn't just the fans congratulating the team on their historic win.
President Joe Biden
President of the United States Joe Biden congratulated the Bucks Wednesday morning.
Congratulations to the NBA Champions Milwaukee @Bucks on claiming your first NBA title in 50 years. Your city and your President are proud.— President Biden (@POTUS) July 21, 2021
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers
Gov. Evers tweeted congratulations to the team. He wrote, "Ho-ly mackerel. Our Milwaukee Bucks have done it in six! Wisconsin could not be prouder of these players or this team."
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett
Mayor Barrett also tweeted his congratulations to the team. He wrote, "We did it the Milwaukee way. Step 1: Double down on what you've got. Step 2: Put in the work. Step 3: Believe. The result: Milwaukee Bucks, NBA champions!!"
We did it the Milwaukee way.— Tom Barrett (@Barrett4MKE) July 21, 2021
Step 1: Double down on what you’ve got.
Step 2: Put in the work.
Step 3: Believe.
The result: Milwaukee @Bucks, NBA champions!!
Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell R. Lucas
Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell R. Lucas issued a statement congratulating the 2021 champs.
He said in part, "It was a total team victory for the franchise and its fans who are the best in all of professional sports...Congratulations to the people of Milwaukee who waited 50 years to celebrate another NBA championship and for showcasing to the world that our city is world-class in its friendliness, hospitality, and sportsmanship."
Congresswoman Gwen Moore
Representative Gwen Moore congratulated the Bucks' big defeat on Tuesday.
She said in part, "They kept working and preserved and now have the sweet satisfaction that comes with being called champions! Milwaukeeans have been hungry for another NBA championship since the days of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his famous ‘sky hook.’ I am so proud of our team and can’t wait for the COVID-19 safe victory parade!”
The Milwaukee County Transit System
The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is celebrating the Milwaukee Bucks' victory over the Phoenix Suns. MCTS is displaying a special message on every bus in its fleet.
Digital screens on the fronts and sides of all 358 buses in Milwaukee County will soon be flashing the words, "CONGRATS BUCKS! / NBA CHAMPS!"
Some buses have already started displaying the message. Others will begin as they leave the stations on Wednesday morning.
The Milwaukee Brewers
Wisconsin sports showed they have each others backs. The Milwaukee Brewers congratulation the Bucks on winning the championship.
They wrote in part, "We couldn't be more excited for the Bucks organization, the city of Milwaukee and the great fans throughout the state of Wisconsin. This is a source of tremendous pride for fans of all Wisconsin sports, including everyone in the Brewers organization."
BUCKS WIN!! pic.twitter.com/uFUsY60r1Q— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) July 21, 2021
Christian Yelich showed his excitement on Twitter Tuesday night.
Brewers star Ryan Braun was excited and proud to see another Milwaukee team representing the city.
"Historic night, historic moment," he said. "I'm just fortunate to be a part of it."
Other Brewers attended the game with Braun as well.
The Green Bay Packers
The Packers tweeted congratulations. They tweeted a photo, saying congrats to the Bucks in the Packers iconic green and yellow colors.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers tweeted throughout the game. Before the game was officially over, Rodgers tweeted "Crown em. #nbachamps"
Incredible job by Wes and Mark, Peter, Jon Horst our GM made some incredible moves, and our stars played like stars. Can’t stop 34 ???? #champs— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) July 21, 2021
Steve Novak, a Marquette alum who played with the Bucks in 2015 and 2016, talked to CBS 58 before going into the game.
"Giannis is locked in," he said. "It just feels like everyone is feeding off of where his mental state is at."
Novak posted a picture of the championship team to Twitter after the win, calling it a night he will never forget.
Will never forget tonight! https://t.co/8imAOcmyar— STEVE NOVAK (@stevenovak16) July 21, 2021
Elder Marques Johnson
Elder Marques Johnson is a Bucks analyst who played for the team in the 70s and 80s. He posted a video to Twitter celebrating with Assistant Coach Darvin Ham after the win.
Eddie Doucette has been waiting 50 years to see the Bucks as NBA champions. Doucette is the original play by play voice of the team.
"It's marvelous, I think it's overdue, and I think it's appropriate considering we're talking about the 50th anniversary," he said. "If it was ever going to happen, and there ever was any stars to light up on any particular exciting moment, this would be it. Fifty years later, Bucks win a championship."
Doucette says in addition to the players being bigger, faster, and stronger, the game has completely changed in having viewers across the globe interested in the Bucks, instead of just those in Milwaukee, like when he was calling games.