After a Game 4 win over the Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer gathered players for a meeting and superstar forward Giannis Antetokounmpo thought someone had messed up something. But instead of calling out someone, Budenholzer announced to the team that Antetokounmpo had been named the 2020 NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
"Usually when Coach wants to talk to us after a game, somebody messed up or somebody did something," Antetokounmpo said, per ESPN. "So in my head, I'm like, 'OK.' I'm looking around like, 'Who did something?' Because I know I didn't do nothing."
Last year, Antetokounmpo won the NBA MVP award and now he becomes the fifth player in NBA history to have won both the NBA MVP and NBA Defensive Player of the Year. "At the end of the day, when you go out there and compete and when you have guys behind you and next to you that compete as hard, awards like this can come," Antetokounmpo said.
"At the end of the day, what I get from this is that you have to win. You have to do whatever it takes every day to go out there and put yourself in a position, put your team in a position to win, and good things are going to happen, and everything is gonna take care of itself."
But Antetokounmpo thinks he can get better
"Obviously, I think I can get way better. I can be more active. I can block more shots. I can be in the passing lanes more," Antetokounmpo claimed. "But going back again, having the best defensive team in the NBA, making your team being the best defensive year, I think it's been my best year, but you can always get better.
You can always improve." The Bucks are aiming to win their second NBA championship after finishing as No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference. They are now the top favorite to win the Eastern Conference and probably meet either the Los Angeles Lakers or the Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA Finals.
"It's certainly meaningful. I think trying to create an identity and trying to instill in a team and an organization this is what we want to be about," Budenholzer said of Antetokounmpo's accomplishment. "To have your best player in Giannis lead the way and be honored and become the Defensive Player of the Year, it's really who we want to be and what we want to be about."