(1) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [82%] defeated (16) Michael Redd [18%]
(8) Ray Allen [67%] defeated (12) Jon McGlocklin [33%]
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar advanced comfortably past Michael Redd to claim his spot in the second round, but his victory was by no means as commanding as those of many of the other top seeds in the bracket.
Is that an illustration of Redd’s status among Bucks fans, or does it hint at some potential vulnerability for Abdul-Jabbar in the rounds ahead? Kareem is undoubtedly the best player to ever play for the Bucks, but his legacy in Milwaukee is clearly complicated by the manner in which he departed the Cream City.
On the other hand, the trade that led to Ray Allen’s departure was a moment that only further entrenched him with Bucks fans, and permanently tarnished the city’s relationship with George Karl, among others.
Still, Allen faced an incredibly tough task in his matchup as he came head-to-head with Jon McGlocklin, and led to a significant split in the voting between Facebook and Twitter. McGlocklin took a whopping 79 percent of the vote on Facebook, while Allen held 83 percent of the Twitter share.
If McGlocklin had managed to amass the same volume of Facebook votes he managed in the first round, he may have survived, but instead it’s Allen who moves on.
If Bucks fans’ feelings about Abdul-Jabbar remain mixed due to his exit, Allen could prove to be a nightmare matchup for the famed No. 33.