Not so long ago, the Milwaukee Bucks had one of the worst records in the NBA. Fans were urging for the team to be sold, and there were even some rumors about a potential relocation.
Fast-forward to today, and the Bucks are NBA Champions. They did this. Giannis did this.
The Bucks are now one of the teams to beat not only in the Eastern Conference but also in the NBA, and Giannis wants everybody to know that, as he said in an interview with The Athletic's Eric Nehm:
"Milwaukee is on the fucking map again. You know what I’m saying? And they gotta put some respect on our name. We are a dangerous team, we are a dangerous organization, we have a great culture, we have a winning culture and we want to keep getting better," said Giannis.
An excited Giannis was happy for his accomplishments and the fact that the other teams can no longer look down on them:
(Transcript via The Athletic)
“It’s insane,” Antetokounmpo told The Athletic minutes after hopping on top of the jeep with his brother. “Touch my heart.”
At this moment, Antetokounmpo puffed out his chest and grabbed my left hand to put it where I could feel his heartbeat. It was indeed racing.
“My heart is beating fast, bro,” Antetokounmpo said. “It’s crazy. It’s fucking crazy.”
“But all I’m thinking about is how can we get better. Now that we’re on the top. A lot of people are going to try to pull us down at every opportunity. We have to get better. We have to take care of our guys and our team and everybody. We have to get better. We have to enjoy this as much as possible but I’m telling you. I’m telling you, we have to get better, you know what I’m saying?
“But at the end of the day, now they respect us, man. Milwaukee is on the fucking map again. You know what I’m saying? And they gotta put some respect on our name. We are a dangerous team, we are a dangerous organization, we have a great culture, we have a winning culture and we want to keep getting better.”
The Bucks were knocking on the door of this Championship for the past couple of years. Now, it's a reality. They're for real, and they won't go away any time soon.