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    Former Warriors and Bucks owner Jim Fitzgerald is dead

    JANESVILLE, Wis. -- Jim Fitzgerald, who owned the Milwaukee Bucks during a successful era in the early 1980s and went on to own the Golden State Warriors, died Monday.

    The Bucks said the 86-year-old Fitzgerald died Monday morning, but a cause of death was not released. Schneider Apfel Schneider & Schneider funeral home said Fitzgerald died in his hometown of Janesville.

    "Jim Fitzgerald was the right man at the right time for the Bucks franchise," said team vice president of business operations John Steinmiller. "He will be dearly missed by the entire Bucks family."

    Fitzgerald joined the Bucks' board of directors in 1973, then became president and chairman of the board in 1976. He was owner during a successful era that included the hiring of Hall of Fame coach Don Nelson and a string of consecutive division titles from 1979-1980 to 1985-1986.

    He sold the team to current owner Herb Kohl in 1985.

    Fitzgerald was also part of a business team that owned the Warriors. He and a partner sold their majority ownership in 1995.

    Fitzgerald, known as "Fitz," was a Navy veteran served during the Korean conflict. He returned to Janesville, where he opened several businesses.

    "Jim was a great man and he taught us more than just basketball," former Bucks player Junior Bridgeman said in a statement. He said a group got together to visit Fitzgerald last year, something he said players don't usually do unless there's an "affinity" that goes beyond just us playing for someone.

    "It was a family, and today we lost a member of that family," he said.

    Fitzgerald is survived by his wife, six children, 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

    Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Janesville, with burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.


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    Quote Originally Posted by airronijordan View Post

    Quote Originally Posted by Monta is beast View Post
    If Currys defense is so bad, why do the warriors have the third best defensive team in the league? Why do opposing point guards have a less than average per of 14.9 when Curry is in the game? Why does curry LEAD the nba with a plus minus of +416.
    Quote Originally Posted by alexander_37 View Post
    You can rattle off all of the stats you want with no context whatsoever. You still said Curry is the 4th best player in the league.
    I guess stats aren't factual when rattled off?

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    The title for this thread is a bit harsh...don't you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsfan88 View Post
    The title for this thread is a bit harsh...don't you think?
    What do you mean by that?

    Quote Originally Posted by NYSpirit1 View Post
    The Knicks were never this bad of a team. They always have been a 48-50 win team stuck in what was a 21-40 team's body.

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