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Charles Barkley has bold declaration for Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo’s career

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Hall of Famer Charles Barkley wants Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo to channel his inner Michael Jordan and Dirk Nowitzki by staying with the Bucks instead of ring chasing and joining a superteam.

Jordan didn’t win his first title with the Chicago Bulls until 1991, against the Los Angeles Lakers, after struggling to get past the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference for years.

Nowitzki, meanwhile, won his only title in 2011 over the Miami Heat. The Dallas Mavericks legend had plenty of opportunities to leave the Mavs, but was loyal to the franchise and wanted to win in Dallas.

Giannis Antetokounmpo can become an unrestricted free agent in 2021 if he doesn’t sign the supermax extension with the Bucks this offseason. Charles Barkley, who never won a title during his stellar career, is hoping Antetokounmpo doesn’t take the easy way out to win a ring.

Antetokounmpo’s 2019-20 season is one for the books. He won his second-straight MVP award and took home the Defensive Player of the Year trophy as well. The Bucks star now joins Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only three players in NBA history to win DPOY and MVP in the same season.

However, Antetokounmpo and the Bucks lost to the Heat in the second round of the playoffs at Walt Disney World. Giannis didn’t play in Game 5 after hurting his ankle in Game 3 and then spraining it again in Game 4.

Since Antetokounmpo has never been to the Finals with the Bucks, many pundits believe he needs to join another team to win a ring. Clearly, Barkley isn’t in that camp and wants to see the Greek Freak spend his entire career with the Bucks.