Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst has revealed that Giannis Antetokounmpo won't need any type of offseason procedure for his left knee. During the Eastern Conference Finals series, Antetokounmpo hyperextended his left knee.
Antetokounmpo missed the last two games of the series but the Bucks both won of those games to make the NBA Finals. Antetokounmpo returned to the lineup when the NBA Finals started and he led the Bucks to the title. "He's fine," Horst said, per ESPN.
"I can't explain it, but he's fine." Antetokounmpo didn't want to make any excuses after the Bucks fell down 2-0 to the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals. "I think when you start thinking about your knee or thinking about your toe or pinkie or whatever the case might be, you're just making excuses in your mind," Antetokounmpo said after Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
"You're out there, just play the game. Do whatever you can. Leave it out there on the floor, and no matter what the outcome is, you just leave it there." Horst couldn't give a timetable of guard Donte DiVincenzo's return from a torn ligament in his left ankle.
"It's too early to know," Horst said. "He's ahead of where he should be at this time and doing an incredible job right now, but it's still hard to tell what the timeline would be." Antetokounmpo accomplished his mission Just before the start of the 2020 season, Antetokounmpo decided to stay with the Bucks and signed a new long-term deal.
"I just couldn't leave," Antetokounmpo said after winning the title. "There was a job that had to be finished. "Coming back, I was like, 'This is my city. They trust me. They believe in me. They believe in us.'
... Obviously I wanted to get the job done. But that's my stubborn side. It's easy to go somewhere and go win a championship with somebody else. It's easy. ... I could go to a super team and just do my part and win a championship.
"But this is the hard way to do it," he continued, pounding the dais for emphasis, "and this is the way to do it, and we did it. We f---ing did it." Antetokounmpo struggled from the free throw during the whole season but knocked down 17-of-19 free throws in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
"People told me I cannot make free throws," Antetokounmpo said with a huge smile. "I made my free throws tonight and I'm a freaking champion. "I made them when I'm supposed to make them."