Saturday, while at the Milwaukee Bucks’ groundbreaking ceremony, I asked Bob Dandridge, a starter on the Bucks’ one and only championship team in 1971, whether the Bucks could beat the Warriors in a hypothetical matchup. “Of course, I think we would beat them,’’ said Dandridge, whose averaged 18.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in 13 pro seasons with Milwaukee and Washington. “I mean, you have Kareem in the middle and he could have been the difference. How would they have stopped him? And we had the Big O. And who was going to stop him? I really don’t think they could have beaten our championship team, I really don’t.’’
Bob Dandridge Rumors
Four-time NBA All-Star Bob Dandridge’s No. 10 jersey was retired Saturday night by the Milwaukee Bucks. Honoring a key player from their 1971 NBA championship team, the Bucks held the retirement ceremony at halftime of their game against Washington — the other franchise Dandridge played for and helped win a title in his 13-year career. Known as the “The Greyhound,” Dandridge averaged 18.4 points on the 1971 Bucks squad led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson that beat Baltimore for the title.
A player recognized for raising his play in the big moments, Dandridge was a four-time All-Star and two-time champion, with two other trips to the NBA Finals. With the Bullets in 1979, he finished fifth in the voting for league MVP. Though nearing the end of his career, that same year he was named to the All-Defensive first team. “Every now and then,” he said, “I look through my scrapbook, and I think, ‘Damn, you were a hell of a player.’ ” He was, but the Basketball Hall of Fame has yet to call. “I think I’m deserving to be in the Hall of Fame,” he said. “Probably the people voting now are too young to recognize my name. So many things are out of our control. If it’s meant to be, it will be, but if not, I’m not going to leave this Earth bitter.”