Bucks to retire Marques Johnson's number
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The Milwaukee Bucks will retire the No. 8 jersey worn by former forward Marques Johnson during halftime of their Mar. 24 game against the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers, the team announced Saturday.

“I am moved beyond words by such a gesture,” said Johnson, who is currently a Bucks analyst for Fox Sports Wisconsin. “I have always held a special place in my heart for the fans who supported the Bucks during my time there. For the organization to honor me this way, means more than words can express."

Johnson, the third overall pick in the 1977 draft, averaged 21 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game with Milwaukee from 1977-84. During his time with the Bucks, Johnson was selected to three All-NBA teams and three All-Star Games.

"Sometimes it takes being away from a situation to really appreciate what you had," Johnson continued. "I had long felt a sense of disappointment for falling short of the NBA Finals. What I have come to realize is that the fans of Milwaukee only ask that you play hard and give your best."

Johnson, 62, will also be inducted into the Wisconsin Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday, further cementing his place in the state's basketball history.

Bucks to retire Marques Johnson's number
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