Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo not winning 2019-20 title might lead to ‘Kevin Durant’ type situation
Analysts believe that the long-term future of Giannis Antetokounmpo with the Milwaukee Bucks depends on whether or not they win the title this year. This worries NBA icon Charles Barkley, as he believes that if the Bucks fail to win, then it might lead to a “Kevin Durant” type of situation.
Speaking with Mike Greenberg on ESPN’s Get Up on Thursday, Barkley shared what could happen if the Antetokounmpo and the Bucks fail to win the title amid high hopes.
“That concerns me — that we’ll have another Kevin Durant situation, and we really don’t want that. I think it would be great for basketball if the Bucks won. Giannis is such a great kid, and Milwaukee is one of the most underrated cities in the NBA.
“(When) Toronto won the championship — it was great for the NBA. And I think it’ll be great if Milwaukee won it this year,” Barkley said, as transcribed by Drew Shiller of NBC Sports.
Barkley is referring to the summer of 2016 when Durant inked a deal with the Golden State Warriors — a team which had churned in a historic 73-win season. In that season, Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder faced the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals — pinning them 3-1. But lo and behold, the Warriors stormed back and won the series.
Durant’s move was met by tons of criticism. Some called it the weakest move by an NBA superstar in history. And not just that, but the Warriors — who were already a powerhouse team — became even stronger. Barkley fears that Antetokounmpo might do the same. Especially since he’s been involved in rumors with the Warriors.