Giannis Antetokounmpo is making great strides in his sophomore season with the Milwaukee Bucks. The young Greek is getting more comfortable playing in the NBA under first-year Bucks’ coach Jason Kidd, and teamed with another rising superstar in Jabari Parker, is having fun playing for a Bucks team that is fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 7-5 record.
Following the Bucks’ 122-118 triple overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on Wednesday night, Antetokounmpo, who finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists, held court with the media and spoke about the ankle he injured late in Monday’s game, the team’s ascension, playing with Parker, and Greece’s recent World Cup campaign.
Read the best of what he said below.
On whether he feels more comfortable on the court
“Game-by-game I feel more comfortable. Day-by-day, you know, I just wanna thank my teammates and my coaches that make me feel more comfortable. I think as time goes on, I’m going to be more comfortable.”
On his injured ankle
“My ankle was really hurting. This is the first time that I feel this kind of pain. The game was in a point that I didn’t want to come out; I know that my team needed me at that moment so I didn’t leave the game.
On the Bucks confidence after winning a triple O/T game
“It was really big for us, especially because we’re a young group of guys. We really need this so we can keep on going, so it can motivate us – this is the first time that I win three games in a row and I feel great.”
On the Bucks’ ceiling
“I don’t want to put promises out there, but I feel that this team can do really special things this year. All the guys believe in it – we just gotta keep working.”
On playing with Jabari Parker
“It’s fun to play with him; he’s a great kid. He’s a great basketball player, he’s going to do great things in this league. He’s gotta keep working, I gotta keep working so we can lead this team.”
On his World Cup experience
“This experience was nice. I learned a lot of things, it’s a thing that makes me more comfortable so I can come in this year [to the NBA] and be more comfortable. I can’t wait to go [again] next year.”
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