Giannis Antetokounmpo officially signed his supermax extension with the Milwaukee Bucks this week. While there were multiple reasons why he chose to remain with the Bucks, one of them was apparently due to his mother being comfortable living in Milwaukee.
“I talked to my mother, asked her, did she want to move? She said, ‘No.’ So I said, ‘OK, cool. I’m just going to sign the deal then’. But, no, this is the place I want to be,” Antetokounmpo told reporters, via Cameron Hogwood of Sky Sports.
Of course, Giannis uttered that he asked his mother if she wanted to move as somewhat of a joke to reporters. Nevertheless, Antetokounmpo viewed Milwaukee as a long-term place to call home, for both him and his mother, making it easy for him to ink a multi-year deal.
“This is my home. This is my city. I want to represent Milwaukee, and I want to do this for the next five years.”
After multiple meetings between Giannis and the Bucks, both sides came to an agreement on a five-year, $228.2 million extension. Given that, the rumors of Antetokounmpo playing elsewhere have died down, causing certain teams to shift their attention to other stars that could be had via trade.
Throughout the entire process, it was clear that Giannis prioritized winning as he spoke to the front office of the Bucks to ensure they’d do everything they can to put together a championship-level team. But while their moves to bring in Jrue Holiday and other pieces may have helped cause, Mama Giannis may have had the final say.