Nigerian-born Greece basketball national team ace, Giannis Adetokunbo (Antetokounmpo) is staying upbeat, despite his inability to lead his club, Milwaukee Bucks to the NBA Finals.
An unexpected defeat by Toronto Raptors left ‘The Greek Freak’ out with an early end to the season and dashed expectations, but he insists Bucks gave the run the best they could.
After making the final shortlist for the NBA most valuable player award, Antetokounmpo insists his team had a successful season, despite falling short of their highly-desired goal of winning a second ever championship title in their chequered history.
The Bucks had the best record in the NBA during the regular season and were two wins shy of reaching the Finals, but they must now face reality that they could lose Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe next season.
Teams can officially begin negotiating with free agents at 6 p.m. EDT this Friday, June 30, but The Bucks’ general-manager, Jon Horst’s priorities at that point will be unrestricted free agent Khris Middleton and restricted free agent Malcolm Brogdon, with doubts over Antetokounmpo’s future.
However, Antetokounmpo is still relishing memories of his best season so far with The Bucks, who became just the sixth team in history to win first two games in either conference finals or NBA Finals then drop four straight to lose the series.
Antetokounmpo said: ”It’s just fun to walk out in Milwaukee and see people in Bucks stuff.
“We were able to bring people out of their houses to come and enjoy games and just be a part of the Milwaukee Bucks.
“Be happy about something in this city, be excited about something. It was an amazing, amazing season.
“Hopefully, we can carry on from where we left off and come back and be better.”