NBA. Recently, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s remarks about not ruling out the possibility of leaving the Bucks if there’s a better chance to win a championship have sparked widespread discussions. This has also raised concerns about whether there has been a change in his relationship with the team.
However, teammate Middleton explained his teammate’s comments in an interview. He believes that whatever Giannis says, it won’t affect the team’s cohesion.Middleton sees Giannis’s remarks as a pressure he, as the team’s star player, must continually thrive under.
NBA, Middleton talk about the rumors of Giannis leaving
Middleton said, “I think it’s pretty common. For me, whatever Giannis says doesn’t affect me, and it doesn’t affect our team’s cohesion. I think over the years, almost every time when it’s time for a contract extension, he says something similar. We all hope he comes back because he’s one of the best players in the world and one of the best players in Bucks history. So, when he says things like that, I think he’s just trying to put pressure on us to keep us in a position to compete for a championship.”
Since joining the Bucks in 2013, Giannis has gradually realized his potential, making significant improvements every year. He has led the Bucks to become one of the top teams in the league. In the 2020-21 season, he led the Bucks to win the championship, becoming a historic-level superstar.
Similarly, Giannis holds himself to very high standards, expecting to motivate his teammates to continually improve and maintain championship competitiveness. Middleton believes this is the way the “Greek Freak” leads the team.
Middleton continued, “He not only puts pressure on his teammates but on himself as well. He never blames others and says, ‘You guys have to do this for me.’ I think he’s always putting pressure on himself to be better, which is why he keeps improving every year.”
Despite the Bucks being a championship contender in recent years, it’s undeniable that the team’s core players are facing the pressure of age, coupled with negative factors such as salary constraints and a lack of future assets, raising questions about the Bucks’ future competitiveness.