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Bucks will attempt to change their luck next season by changing uniforms


The Bucks' playoff run - which was actually more of a slow and somewhat painful jog than a rigorous sprint - did not inspire many Milwaukeeans to hurry to their local sporting goods store in order to purchase t-shirts, hats, mini-balls and other team paraphernalia.

As it turns out, that's not entirely bad.

Multiple sources have told Saucy Stadium Secrets that the Bucks will unveil new uniforms next season, ditching the purple, green and silver color palette for a green, red and white scheme that more closely resembles the threads that the team wore during the early 1980s.

The Bucks' logo will also undergo a facelift, but insiders say we will not see a return to the original "Bango'' buck, which spun a basketball on its hoof while wearing a green sweater emblazoned with the letter "B.''

The Bucks used forest green, red and white as their official colors from their inception in 1968 through the 1987-'88 season, but red was fazed out beginning in 1985. In the late 1980s, the team used various shades of green - forest, kelly and lime - along with a white accent.

After celebrating their 25th anniversary during the 1992-'93 season, the Bucks modernized their look by changing their uniforms and logo to incorporate the purple and silver along with hunter green. Bango got a makeover as well, moving from the popular cartoon to a more menacing depiction of an eight-point white tail buck on a triangular background.

The history section of the team's official media guide indicates that the change was made to "carry the organization through the 1990's and into the next century as an impactful and memorable identifier."

Impactful?

In their first season in purple, 1993-'94, the Bucks posted a 20-62 record, a mark that remains the worst in franchise history. The team missed the playoffs for the first five years in the new uniforms, then made the post-season in five out of six seasons from 1998-2004.

In all, the Bucks finished higher than fourth place in the standings twice and made the playoffs six times during the 13 seasons they wore purple. Facing elimination Wednesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills, the Bucks bumbled to an embarrassing 122-93 defeat that gave Detroit a 4-1 victory in the best-of-seven series.

If that was the Bucks' final game in purple, perhaps it was fitting. Given the developments in basketball and fashion over the past 13 years, a change is definitely in order.

Talkbacks

OMCreader | June 5, 2006 at 10:07 a.m. (report)

jay herde said: As an advertising art director and lifelong Bucks fan, its been embarrassing watching this team drag itself around the court with the current purple and green aberration. These uniforms never looked professional or exciting. They lack character and more importantly from the logo to the uniforms are very poorly designed. The fact that they've held on to these for so long is regrettable. Good design has persuasive power and excites the imagination and our uniforms the last 10 years never did. It's about time!!

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OMCreader | May 30, 2006 at 5:04 p.m. (report)

KP said: My guys and I have been saying this for years! Not even for luck...for PRIDE. Those were some of the ugliest Uniforms in the entire L. Props on this Bucks!

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OMCreader | May 11, 2006 at 10:41 a.m. (report)

Die_Hard_Bucks_Fan said: I think that this is a very good idea. I think the Purple and green is a little old and its time for a change. I also think Magloire and simmons need to gey shipped off. they showed no effort throughout the playoffs let along the season.

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OMCreader | May 5, 2006 at 4:09 p.m. (report)

Joe said: Lol. If you check out the link, you'll see that I posted this info way back in February. And from what I hear, the third color will be silver, not white. http://www.onmilwaukee.com/talkback/talkback-as-8161-72520.html?uri=/sports/articles/begelbucks.html

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OMCreader | May 5, 2006 at 7:30 a.m. (report)

Hitter said: Green and growing!

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