Giannis Antetokounmpo believes playing in one of the NBA's smaller markets has helped him become a better player.
“I’m a low-profile guy,” Antetokounmpo said. “I don’t like all these flashy cities like L.A. or Miami. I don’t know if I could be the same player if I played in those cities.”
Antetokounmpo can become a free agent in 2021 when his four-year, $100 million extension expires.
“I got loyalty inside my DNA,” wrote Antetokounmpo on Twitter in July.
Antetokounmpo father, Charles Antetokounmpo, passed away in September at the age of 54. Antetokounmpo has been leaning even further on his adopted hometown of Milwaukee since.
“I can feel the love from the city every day I step on the floor,” Giannis Antetokounmpo said. “For me, what I’m going through now, I appreciate it even more.”
“I really don’t see Giannis going anywhere,” Michael Redd said. “Even in the future.
“With what he’s doing on the court, it’s going to automatically draw people to come play with him. I know people have that stigma about Milwaukee. But it won’t be hard for him to attract talent here. I just want a ring when they get a ring.”
Antetokounmpo will help the Bucks open their new arena.
“There’s a lot of things you can do in Milwaukee, too,” Antetokounmpo said proudly.