Giannis Antetokounmpo is not closing the doors on the possibility of playing for the Chicago Bulls one day. The Bulls are an iconic NBA franchise as Michael Jordan - who is widely considered as the greatest basketball player of all time - won six NBA championships with the team.
"I think anybody you ask that question that plays basketball, if he said no, he'd be a liar," Antetokounmpo said in the interview with Fox 32 Chicago, per ESPN. "It's a team that won multiple championships; it's a team that one of the greatest players, if not the greatest player to ever play this game, played for.
So it's a no-brainer; everybody would love to play for Chicago." Antetokounmpo has four more years left on his current contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. After saying there is a chance he wears a Bulls jersey one day, Antetokounmpo noted that he remains fully committed to the Bucks.
"Down the line, you never know. You never know how life brings it, maybe I play for Chicago," Antetokounmpo said. "But right now I'm committed to Milwaukee."
Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to their second title
During the 2020/21 season, Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to their second title in franchise history.
This past season, Antetokounmpo and company failed to repeat as NBA champions. In the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Bucks fell short to the Boston Celtics in seven games. Last season, the Celtics were considered as probably the best defensive team in the league.
The Celtics played a physical defense on Antetokounmpo and the Greek insisted afterward he had no problems with that. "I don't think I shied away from the physicality of it," Antetokounmpo said. "Any of the games. Through adversity, kept coming.
That's who I am, that's how I'm built. I enjoyed it. It definitely made me a better player. You get better through experience." One of the reasons why the Bucks didn't repeat as NBA champion was because they didn't have Khris Middleton.
Middleton sustained an injury in the Bucks' first playoff game and he ended up sitting out the rest of the playoffs. "Obviously we weren't trying to make excuses," Antetokounmpo said. "I think everybody went out there to compete and give everything they have.
That's what we did from Game 3 against Chicago to Game 7 against Boston. If we had [Middleton], maybe it would've been a different story. But we didn't."
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