Giannis Antetokounmpo stated he appreciated the love town of Milwaukee has proven him ever since his arrival as an 18-year-old rookie from Greece.

So the reigning two-time MVP determined to indicate his loyalty to the place the place he is spent his complete NBA profession.

“It is the place I need to be,” Antetokounmpo stated Wednesday, at some point after signing a supermax extension with the Bucks. “It is the place I need to increase my youngsters. I really feel good right here. My household feels good right here, so I am good.”

Antetokounmpo may have change into a free agent on the finish of the upcoming season if he hadn’t agreed to the deal, reportedly a five-year extension price $228 million US. Loads of NBA groups have been arranging their monetary plans with the hope the 6-foot-11 “Greek Freak” would change into obtainable.

He as an alternative caught round and stated it was vital to him that his loyalty be thought of a part of his legacy.

“I am a person of my phrase,” Antetokounmpo stated. “That is large. That is large. Being on a staff that trusted me, believed in me, took care of me, took care of my household. I at all times need to give again and I have been making an attempt to present again since day one, since I have been right here. I’ve acquired extra to present.”

Household means a lot to Antetokounmpo, who grew to become a father earlier this 12 months and has one brother (Thanasis) on the Bucks and one other (Kostas) on the Los Angeles Lakers.

As he mentioned what this contract extension means to him, he referenced his personal father, Charles Antetokounmpo, who died of a coronary heart assault in September 2017.

“I do know he is dancing proper now,” Antetokounmpo stated. “He is extraordinarily completely happy for what we have completed and he is extraordinarily happy with us and who we’re as human beings.”

Antetokounmpo is hoping to present the Bucks their first NBA title since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar led them to the 1971 championship. The Bucks have posted the NBA’s finest regular-season report every of the final two years however misplaced to Miami in a second-round sequence final season after falling to Toronto within the 2019 Japanese Convention finals.

Antetokounmpo says he believes he can win a title in Milwaukee and famous that the Bucks have a “nice tradition.” However he additionally notes that constructing a championship staff is a step-by-step course of.

“It is robust as a result of on the finish of the day, nowhere you go, nowhere you’re is a assure to win a championship,” Antetokounmpo stated. “However I do know who I’m and I do know that I am a person of my phrases. It would take me 10 years, I would by no means win a championship or I would win 5. Regardless of the case could also be, I do know who I’m, I do know what I consider and I do know that I caught with the individuals who believed in me.”

He saved a few of them guessing all the way in which to the top.

‘Very, very uncommon and really, very distinctive’

Antetokounmpo, 26, stated he did not let any teammates know his determination earlier than saying it on social media as a result of he did not need the information to leak. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer stated he discovered whereas pulling out of a parking storage when he noticed that his sons had texted him the tweet with Antetokounmpo’s announcement.

“Gamers like Giannis are very, very uncommon and really, very distinctive,” Budenholzer stated. “This dedication from him simply means the world to all of us. He believes within the metropolis, he believes within the group and he believes in his teammates. You simply really feel like you’ve got an opportunity to do one thing particular due to his specialness.”

Antetokounmpo already has accomplished extra for the Bucks then they ever may have imagined after they chosen him with the 15th choose within the 2013 draft. The 2-time MVP and reigning NBA defensive participant of the 12 months believes there’s nonetheless extra to do.

“With the ability to give again to this metropolis and this group means rather a lot,” Antetokounmpo stated. “I will be ecstatic if we may be capable to deliver a championship to Milwaukee. I will be most likely the happiest particular person ever.”


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