Former Bucks GM, Wisconsin coach John Erickson dies at 92

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John Erickson

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LENEXA, Kansas (AP) — John Erickson, a former Milwaukee Bucks general manager and Wisconsin men’s basketball coach, has died. He was 92.

Erickson served as the Bucks’ general manager from 1968-70.

He was in that role when the Bucks won a coin flip with the Phoenix Suns and earned the right to select Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with the first pick in the 1969 NBA draft. Abdul-Jabbar was known as Lew Alcindor at the time.

Erickson coached Wisconsin from 1960-68 and posted a 100-114 record.

He also had an unsuccessful U.S. Senate run and was president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

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