Giannis Antetokounmpo has had a well-deserved offseason after a groundbreaking year with the Milwaukee Bucks, which earned him the Most Improved Player award this past season. But it was only a matter of time before questions about his potential long-term loyalty to his team would come up, drawing comparisons to his friend, Kevin Durant, during a Q&A session in Manila, sponsored by a Chinese events company, King Bally.
The Greek Freak defended Durant’s exit from Oklahoma City with his reasoning — telling the crowd that it’s not just about the player, but about the organization making the right moves to guide that player to make greater strides — thing that hadn’t happened in Durant’s nine years with the franchise.
“You guys might want to remember that a guy might want to stay in the team, but the team doesn’t do the right things and the right moves for the player to become great,” said Antetokounmpo. “KD, the only reason he wanted to stay in OKC was to win champs, right? So they didn’t win a championship? that’s why he decided to leave. If he won a championship there, he would’ve stayed.”
The Bucks are facing a similar situation, as they will have to push the right buttons to steer this roster into a winner — knowing full well, they can become the next small-market team to lose its star if they don’t start to contend in the next couple of years.