Giannis Antetokounmpo explained his decision to sign a supermax contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks in an interview with Cassidy Hubbarth of ESPN. Antetokounmpo could have signed the same contract in the upcoming offseason.
"First of all I'll be a hundred percent honest with you: I didn't want the pressure," said Antetokounmpo. "Not me, personally. I can deal with pressure. I didn't want the pressure on my teammates and my coaching staff. Going out there and losing a game, and people are talking about 'Oh, he's leaving. Oh, he's staying. Oh, they didn't play well. Oh, he's out of there.' That's adding more pressure to what we're trying to accomplish here.
"The goal is to win a championship. So going through a year of pressure is almost like throwing out the year while I'm entering my prime. I'm not throwing out a year.
"Obviously I know that everybody in the media of course and in the NBA, everybody wants that storyline and that drama, but that's not me. I really want people to just leave me alone. Don't even talk about me. I just want to play basketball."