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.”
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.
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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