The Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo has quickly risen to become one of the most dominant — not to mention popular — players in the NBA today. The Bucks front office is probably thanking their lucky stars night in and night out for being in a position to draft a player of Giannis stature and skillset back in 2013 at the 15th spot, locking him up for the next several years.
Due to the city Milwaukee is though, you know, the type of city that doesn’t have much in its way of nightlife, it’s extremely difficult for the Bucks to snag top free agents, as well as retaining some of their own stars that they drafted, a fear many Bucks’ fans have with Antetokounmpo. In their minds, they’re thinking “why would a perennial All-Star and future MVP candidate want to stay put in Milwaukee instead of heading to New York or LA?”
Giannis’ trip to Los Angeles for the 2018 All-Star weekend only exacerbated those fears, as there were presumably a lot of Laker, Knick, and Clipper brass in attendance rubbing shoulders with the likes of the Greek Freak to sway his decision come free agency in 2021.
Well, Bucks fans, you can rest easy now, as Antetokounmpo has gone on record after returning home to Milwaukee to say he could never see himself playing in Los Angeles, Via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
“I could never see myself being out there. It’s great for two, three days but it’s a little bit — things are going a little bit crazy.
“Of course, because of the All-Star Game, there was a lot of people there. … In Milwaukee — I love Milwaukee — it’s low-key. I can walk down the road, down the streets without anybody bugging me — nobody interrupts my conversation or anything. I love how quiet and calm Milwaukee is.”
Perhaps there are perks to playing for a small-market team after all?
Regardless if Giannis happens to change his mind about LA anytime soon — who knows, maybe he grows sick of Milwaukee — the Bucks still have him under contract for the next three years, and with the way Giannis and the Bucks have improved year after year, it’s not too far-fetched to think Milwaukee may be powerhouses in the East by then.