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New Milwaukee Bucks owners Marc Lasry, pictured, and Wes Edens called the Draft Lottery a key moment in their ownership. (PHOTO: David Bernacchi)

New Bucks owners release statement on importance of upcoming draft

New Milwaukee Bucks owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens sent out a letter to fans and supporters of the organization on Wednesday afternoon, marking the occasion of their first participation as owners (the NBA Draft Lottery) and what it means for the organization going forward.

"This is a real opportunity," Bucks general manager John Hammond said Wednesday. "I don't think it can be any better timing right now for the new owners to come in, have a top tier pick like this, that we really think can be a building block piece for the future of this organization."

The full letter from Edens and Lasry is below:

Bucks stakeholders,

Last night marked a key moment in Bucks history.

As many of you know, we received the 2nd pick in the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery. This is our first milestone as owners, and a huge step forward in bringing a championship to Milwaukee.

We believe that the 2014 Draft class has the potential to be one of the best classes in the past decade. We could not be more excited to have one of the most talented players in the world, whoever he may be, join our team and call Milwaukee home. We are building a young core of players who will be the foundation of our future. We anticipate the skills and basketball acumen of this newly drafted player together with our current roster of talented young men will assist us in rebuilding the Bucks to become a team that does not earn a Draft Lottery position in coming years.

As we have said before, our mission in Milwaukee is plain and simple:

  1. Become an NBA Championship caliber team
  2. Reengage fans by reinvesting in the game-day experience
  3. Further integrate the Bucks and the greater Milwaukee community

We hope to have your support as we make this a reality and we can't wait to see you at games come the fall!

It's time for a Bucks comeback! Fear the Deer!

Wes & Marc


Photodavie | May 21, 2014 at 2:28 p.m. (report)

Wow, that feels like the typical BS corporate memos I get every day at work. When is the pointless Bucks conference call? or the Bucks team-building seminar? Good luck engaging with MKE with announcements like these. Perhaps focus on putting a winning team on the court. The rest would follow.

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