League-worst Bucks send ping pong balls to select fans ahead of lottery

By James Herbert | NBA writer

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The Milwaukee Bucks, perhaps the NBA's standard bearer for wacky promotions after this season's Y2K Night — if you missed it: $7 tickets, Coolio at halftime and a Glenn Robinson autograph signing, obviously — and Beard Night, might have topped themselves. Embracing their unintended lottery status, the team that finished 15-67 is sending select fans custom ping pong balls featuring a Bucks logo. Those fans also get a card with Milwaukee's apparent new slogan, “OWN THE FUTURE. WIN THE LOTTERY.”

Oh, how far the Bucks have come (or, how low they have sunk, depending on how you look at it). Last summer, Milwaukee was signing good-not-great veterans in order to push for a potential playoff berth. Now, with a 25-percent chance of winning that No. 1 spot they never gunned for, the Bucks have an official draft lottery hashtag. It's #BucksLuck, if you were wondering.

They've even asked fans to share their good luck charms on social media for a chance to win two season tickets and an autographed draft hat.

It might sound a bit backward to be going all-in on the lottery like this in the middle of the postseason, but most in Milwaukee have been waiting years for this moment. Long tired of mediocrity, the people behind SaveOurBucks.com are nothing short of elated that their team finished with the worst record in the league.

(h/t Rob Mahoney of The Point Forward)

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