As the Milwaukee Bucks take on the Phoenix Suns in game six of the NBA Finals series on Tuesday, an old prediction that has since gone on to become a rallying cry for the fans of the franchise comes to the fore.
In the 2013 Playoffs, the Bucks had the odds stacked against them as they faced LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the first round. The Heat were the top-seeded side with a 66-16 record while the Bucks were bottom-seeded with a 38-44 record.
Three days before the first game of the series, Bucks guard Brandon Jennings was asked if his side could script an upset. “I’m real confident. I’m sure everybody is writing us off, but I see us winning the series in six,” he said.
The Bucks were hammered 4-0 in the series, and did not enjoy any notable success over a tough few years since. In 2018, Jennings returned to Milwaukee for a season after hopping around a few teams and was asked to comment on his statement from five years ago.
“I mean, Bucks in Six. What else am I supposed to say? ‘We’re going to lose and we’re going to be swept?’…Bucks in Six, always. That’s for culture,” he said.
Since then, the chant ‘Bucks in Six’ has been adopted by the fans, becoming a rallying cry at the Fiserv Forum as the franchise ascended up the ranks into the powerhouse it is today.
Now, the chant is becoming more of a prophecy, as the Bucks downed the Atlanta Hawks in six games to reach their first NBA finals since 1974. They can now win their first NBA crown since 1971 in six games, as they take on the Phoenix Suns in game six of the NBA Finals on Tuesday.