Milwaukee Bucks superstar and franchise cornerstone Giannis Antetokounmpo is only a little over two months removed from leading the Bucks to the 2020-2021 NBA Championship, but he is still has the same motivation to chase a title.
“Are we satisfied? I’m not satisfied. I’m not even close to being satisfied,” Antetokounmpo said on Monday, according to ESPN’s Jamal Collier. “That’s the tone we got to set as a team. As the leader of this team, that’s the tone I’m going to set. We understand that teams are coming for us, but we’re going to be ready.”
The two-time NBA MVP said that he is focusing on being better.
“Right now what I want is to get better,” Antetokounmpo said. “I don’t care about trophies. I don’t care about the MVPs. I don’t care about Defensive Player of the Years. All those things, I don’t care. I care about getting better because if I do that more things are coming.
“That’s what I’ve done my whole career and that’s how I am in this position. So, there’s no weight off my shoulder, I feel the same weight. I enjoy, obviously, that we’re the champions, but the weight is the same. Get better.”
He also addressed his need to improve at the free throw line.
“I want to make free throws, I have to make free throws,” Antetokounmpo said. “In order for us to win that game, I had to make free throws, and there’s going to be a lot of big games where I have to make free throws. I have to get better in that area. If I could take one thing from that game, it’s probably that and the blocked shots. I was chasing everything.”
“We know we were the 2021 NBA champs, but right now we’re just the Milwaukee Bucks again that nobody believes in us,” he said. “And nobody believes that we can do it again.”