Former NBA Star Comments on Antetokounmpo Not Committing to Bucks

Published August 30, 2023 at 3:41 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have recently garnered attention due to Giannis Antetokounmpo's revelation that he wouldn't commit to the franchise long-term without specific assurances. In response to this, former NBA star Eddie Johnson shared his distinctive perspective on the matter during a conversation on Sirius XM NBA Radio.

Eddie expressed his belief that Giannis' comments directly conveyed a message to both the Bucks' front office and his on-court teammates. He also stated that, in his opinion, Giannis' comments are likely influenced by the mounting pressure on the Greek Freak. This pressure has intensified following the Bucks' gradual decline subsequent to their NBA championship victory in 2021.

«I think the pressure now is on him to say ‘OK, I want to duplicate what I did a couple of years ago,»

«I think he's sending a message not only to just his teammates but to the front office as well that I'm not satisfied here.»

The comments made by Giannis are in reference to his championship aspirations and his desire to achieve more than just a single Larry O'Brien trophy. Johnson also pointed to fellow European star Nikola Jokic's recent championship victory as an additional source of pressure on Antetokounmpo. While the Bucks still have Giannis under contract for several more years, it's in their best interest to address his concerns promptly. This is particularly important in today's NBA landscape, where stars have been making trade requests even during the middle of their contracts.

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Former NBA Star Comments on Antetokounmpo Not Committing to Bucks

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