Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo won back-to-back NBA MVP awards but he didn't appear to be thrilled as his team once again failed to win a championship. The Bucks, who entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed, lost to the Miami Heat in five games in their Eastern Conference semifinals series.
But Antetokounmpo, who averaged 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 15.6 assists this season, collected 85 of 101 votes for the NBA MVP award. "Please, after this day don't call me MVP until I win it again next year," Antetokounmpo asked, per ESPN.
"Obviously, I'm happy for tonight and I'm happy for this award, but I always look forward. I always try to figure out, how can I get better? How can I do it again? How can I do it for multiple years to come? How can I be a champion? I'm happy.
I'm grateful, but how can I do it again?"
Antetokounmpo suggests he is open to staying with the Bucks
This upcoming offseason, Antetokounmpo has two options -- to sign an extension with the Bucks or play out his final year of his current contract and become a free agent next summer.
"As long as everybody's fighting for the same thing ... which is to be a champion, I don't see why not to be in Milwaukee for the next 15 years," Antetokounmpo told Ernie Johnson on NBA TV after accepting the trophy."
After their playoffs exit, Antetokounmpo reportedly u followed the Bucks and Bucks players from his Instagram account. It led to rumors of back-to-back NBA MVP Antetokounmpo wanting out of Milwaukee after another disappointing playoff campaign.
But Antetokounmpo then met with Bucks co-owner and governor Marc Lasry to discuss the future and he left the three-hour lunch meeting encouraged by what he heard. "Obviously, I would like to keep that conversation I had with the ownership and my coach and the general manager private, but at the end of the day, every team has got to improve.
It's simple. You've got to be better than what you were last year. If you did not win the whole thing, you've got to get better," Antetokounmpo said. "If you win the whole thing, you've got to get better and do it again.
So, for now, our team has got to get better. I think we have great talent and as long as we improve individually and improve as a team we're gonna be in a good spot."