Milwaukee Bucks star swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo insists he is not even close to being satisfied despite winning his first NBA title last season. Antetokounmpo, who won back-to-back NBA MVP awards last season, led the Bucks to their first championship since the 1970-1971 season.
Antetokounmpo, who was drafted by the Bucks in the 2013 NBA draft, was determined to lead the Bucks to a title and he accomplished his goal last season. Now, Antetokounmpo is determined to lead the Bucks to more championships.
"Are we satisfied? I'm not satisfied. I'm not even close to being satisfied," Antetokounmpo said at his season-opening news conference Monday. "That's the tone we got to set as a team. As the leader of this team, that's the tone I'm going to set.
We understand that teams are coming for us, but we're going to be ready."
Antetokounmpo still playing with the chip on his shoulder
Antetokounmpo has won some of the NBA's most prestigious accolades but still he is dedicated and commited to improving every day.
"Right now what I want is to get better," he said. "I don't care about trophies. I don't care about the MVPs. I don't care about Defensive Player of the Years. All those things, I don't care. I care about getting better because if I do that more things are coming.
"That's what I've done my whole career and that's how I am in this position. So, there's no weight off my shoulder, I feel the same weight. I enjoy, obviously, that we're the champions, but the weight is the same.
Get better." Antetokounmpo struggled mightily on the free throw line last season but he knocked down 17-of-19 free throws in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. "I want to make free throws, I have to make free throws," Antetokounmpo said.
"In order for us to win that game, I had to make free throws, and there's going to be a lot of big games where I have to make free throws. I have to get better in that area. If I could take one thing from that game, it's probably that and the blocked shots.
I was chasing everything." Antetokounmpo is motivated by the underdog status. "We know we were the 2021 NBA champs, but right now we're just the Milwaukee Bucks again that nobody believes in us," he said. "And nobody believes that we can do it again."