A minimum of for the speedy future, Bucks followers needn’t fear: Giannis Antetokounmpo is sticking round Milwaukee—”for now.”
In an interview with GQ, the 26-year-old star mentioned now that he has achieved his purpose of serving to convey a championship to Milwaukee, his subsequent problem may very well be elsewhere.
“One problem was to convey a championship right here and we did,” Antetokounmpo mentioned. “It was very onerous, however we did. Very, very onerous. I simply love challenges. What’s the subsequent problem? The subsequent problem won’t be right here.
“Me and my household selected to remain on this metropolis that all of us love and has taken care of us—for now. In two years, which may change. I’m being completely sincere with you. I’m all the time sincere. I really like this metropolis. I really like this neighborhood. I need to assist as a lot as attainable.”
Nevertheless, Alex Saratsis, the two-time MVP’s agent, tried to stroll again Antetokounmpo’s feedback. Saratsis mentioned the Greek star is challenge-driven and can go the place that ambition takes him, which implies he may keep in Milwaukee if that is the place he sees a problem come up.
“I don’t suppose it’s, ‘I’m enthusiastic about leaving the Bucks,'” Antetokounmpo’s agent, Alex Saratsis mentioned. “However I feel he’s genuinely like: ‘Okay, I’ve reached the head. The subsequent problem is, let’s repeat.’
“However what occurs should you do repeat? What’s the subsequent problem? What’s that subsequent barrier? When you consider it from a basketball perspective, by the age of 26, this child has achieved every thing. So generally you’re going to need to manufacture what these challenges are.”
Antetokounmpo averaged 35.2 factors, 13.2 rebounds and 5 assists in opposition to the Suns in the NBA Finals in June, incomes him the Finals MVP. Final December, he signed a five-year extension price $228.2 million, the biggest extension in league historical past.
The ahead, who would’ve turn out to be a free agent over the summer season with out the extension, mentioned he was in contact with NBA stars throughout the league who urged him to depart Milwaukee.
“All people was texting me: ‘Go away the crew,'” Antetokounmpo mentioned. “…I selected to remain right here even with all of the strain as a result of it’s simpler to depart. That’s the straightforward factor to do. It’s straightforward to depart.”
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