The general belief is that Giannis Antetokounmpo signed his Milwaukee Bucks extension now in order to put himself in a more lucrative position down the road. He would have gotten more money at the onset if he had waited until next summer to sign a new deal, but extending his deal now also means that he would be able to sign two more big-money contracts with the Bucks through the next decade.
While there’s no denying that this is the ideal path the former back-to-back MVP wants to take, Giannis has also made it abundantly clear that he isn’t expecting anything to be handed to him.
Milwaukee Bucks Star Giannis Antetokounmpo Not Taking Anything For Granted
Antetokounmpo is well aware of the fact that everything can change in an instant. He is currently considered one of the most dominant players in the NBA, but an unfortunate injury could very well end everything he’s worked so hard for.
“People act like it’s a guaranteed thing. It’s not a guarantee,” he said, via Bally Sports Wisconsin. “I gotta keep on being on great, keep on leading my teammates, keep on winning games, keep on being healthy. I’ve seen a lot of people that they’re great, and the moment they’re not healthy no more, the team has to make the best decision for themselves. It’s business, man. I don’t take it personally.”
Not only does Giannis need to be consistent with his current mindset of never settling and always striving for greatness. He also needs some luck along the way.
Regardless of how well you take care of your body, injuries are not something you can avoid. Giannis knows how important it is for him to stay healthy because literally one misstep could change everything for him.
Then again, you would expect the Bucks to remain loyal to Antetokounmpo if ever a worst-case-scenario type of injury happens to their cornerstone superstar. At this point in his career, he’s done enough to deserve that. Then again, as he said, nothing is guaranteed.
“I might take it personally because I know these guys upstairs for a lot of years. I might take it personally but no, no,” Antetokounmpo said with a smile.
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