Giannis Antetokounmpo Says ‘Next Challenge’ May Not Be With Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo hasn’t been quiet about his love for Milwaukee. Both before and since signing a contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2020, he expressed his love for the city and the team, and that love has only grown since he led the Bucks to their first championship in 50 years.

But that love might not keep him in town forever. In a recent interview with GQ’s Zach Baron, he said there’s a possibility he could leave Milwaukee in the future and take on a new challenge elsewhere.

“A challenge was to bring a championship here and we did that,” he told me. “It was very difficult, but we made it. Very, very difficult. I just like challenges. What’s the next challenge? The next challenge may not be there.” It’s not that he doesn’t love Milwaukee, he said, but he was always wary that things would get too easy.” Me and my family chose to stay in this city that we all love and that for us has taken care of – for now,” said Giannis. “In two years that may change. I’m completely honest with you. I’m always honest. I love this city. I love this community. I want to help the best I can.”

That won’t be easy for Bucks fans to read. Antetokounmpo not only helped the team to a championship, he is a cheerful player and a person. There’s no other guy like him in the NBA, and wearing different colors isn’t something most Milwaukee fans want to imagine.

Giannis Antetokounmpo may need to ‘craft’ more challenges

Luckily for Bucks fans, they can put a stop to the wailing and gnashing of teeth. Antetokounmpo’s longtime agent Alex Saratsis interpreted what Giannis said and told GQ that he thinks it’s more about finding new challenges than actually leaving.

“I don’t think it’s ‘I’m thinking about leaving the Bucks,'” Saratsis told me. “But I think he’s really saying, ‘Okay, I’ve peaked. The next challenge is, let’s repeat.’ But what happens if you repeat it anyway? What’s the next challenge? What’s that next barrier? If you think about it from a basketball perspective, at age 26 this kid has achieved everything,” said Saratsis. “So sometimes you have to produce what those challenges are.”

For now, Antetokounmpo’s biggest challenge is to give the Bucks a second championship in a row. And with the team sitting at 6-8, he’s done his job for him.

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