Milwaukee Bucks fans got their first preview of the Giannis Antetokounmpo-Damian Lillard superstar pairing on Sunday. True enough, it resulted in a 108-97 win for the Bucks against a LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers side.
It’s not as if this win guarantees a championship for Milwaukee, but there’s no denying that it’s a step in the right direction.
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It’s no secret that it’s going to be championship or bust for Milwaukee this coming season. It has to be. Giannis has already declared his intention to leave if he doesn’t win a championship in the near future, which means that it’s very much possible that he opts not to sign a new contract next summer if they fail to win the title this year.
The fact that the team added Lillard in the offseason via an earth-shattering blockbuster deal only adds more pressure on the team to win now.
In spite of all this, however, Anteotkounmpo is confident that the Bucks will achieve its goals for this coming campaign:
“It [would] mean the world to me to win another championship. Because a lot of people don’t believe. But I believe that as long as I am persistent with it and [work] every single day, a championship, eventually it’s going to happen. Eventually it’s going to happen. And Dame wants it, too.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo Spills on Damian Lillard’s Championship Mindset
Giannis went on to say that if there’s anyone out there who has an even deeper desire to win a ring, it’s Lillard. In fact, you might even say that there’s a sense of desperation when it comes to Dame’s willingness to do whatever it takes to get that elusive championship:
“When he talks to me, I can feel it by the way he walks. I can feel it by the way he practices. I can feel it. He wants it badly,” Giannis said of Lillard. “So, when you have a lot of people around like that, eventually it’s going to happen because of what they put their body through. And they go through everything and sacrifice everything in their life and put their body in through stress in order for that to happen. You’ve seen it in the past. So, it is a matter of time. It’s going to happen.”
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