Bucks retire Bob Dandridge’s jersey
MILWAUKEE (AP) — 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,” the 6-foot-6 Dandridge averaged 18.4 points on the 1971 Bucks squad led by Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson that beat Baltimore for the title.
Dandridge was drafted by Milwaukee out of Norfolk State in the fourth round in 1969 — three rounds after the Bucks took Abdul-Jabbar.
Dandridge “became a real player that you could depend on and was tough on the floor,” Robertson said in introducing Dandridge. Robertson singled out his former teammate for his defensive play.
“Bobby! Bobby” yelled the crowd at the Bradley Center after Dandridge was introduced by Robertson.
“This is one of the greatest honors I have received as a professional athlete,” the 67-year-old Dandridge said before the game.
A glaring error was revealed, though, as the banner with Dandridge’s name and jersey was raised to the rafters.
Dandridge had two stints with the Bucks, with the longest from the time he was drafted in the fourth round in 1969 until 1977. He went to Washington for four seasons before finishing his career with an 11-game stint in 1981-82.
The banner, though, listed Dandridge’s second stint occurring in “80-81.”
Dandridge’s jersey was the eighth retired by the Bucks, but the first since Abdul-Jabbar’s No. 33 in 1993.