Bucks GM Reveals How He Was Nervous Till Giannis Antetokounmpo Finally Signed the Extension

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January 14, 2021 5:25 pm

The Milwaukee Bucks had one of the best off-seasons in the NBA, and it was due to one reason- they were able to keep Giannis Antetokounmpo and extend his contract for another five years. There were many strong rumors about him leaving in the 2021 Free Agency, but the Bucks managed to pull it off.

GM Jon Horst recently spoke about how he was nervous about the extension. He also mentioned that he felt relieved only after his signature was on the paper.

“We got the job done, but we were never comfortable until it was done,” Horst said. “Until you get the signature on the line, you don’t have any relief or confidence.

“I still believe in the organization we have, the way we have treated him and his family, the environment he gets to come to and work, coach Bud has done an incredible job, he has great teammates and we’ve had a lot of success. We haven’t done the ultimate; we haven’t won a championship yet.”

Can Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the Bucks franchise to success?

While securing his future with them was a success for the Bucks, the onus will now be on Giannis to lead them to a title. The last time the Bucks won a title was back in 1971, which is their only win in franchise history. They haven’t even won the Conference title since 1974, so Giannis will be eager to change both records.

If it was hard at the start of the season, last night this task got harder. Or one can say Harde-n?

The Nets shook the league with a massive trade to bring James Harden to Brooklyn. So Giannis and the Bucks will find it incredibly difficult to go past a trio of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Harden.

The Bucks have a trio of their own with Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday to help Giannis, but it is nowhere close to how strong the Nets trio is. But the Bucks trio is far more talented on the defensive end. So there is a glimmer of hope for them, but they will need Giannis to play like a monster.

Jan 8, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates with forward Khris Middleton (22) against the Utah Jazz at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Even if he doesn’t succeed this season, he is still only 26 and has a lot of years left to bring the Larry O’Brien trophy back to Milwaukee.

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Aaron Mathew

Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror. He has also volunteered for organisations such as 'AkshayaShakti Welfare Association' and 'Reviving The Rivers'. His favorite player is, and will always remain, Kobe Bryant.

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