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Giannis made his $300m call but the pressure isn’t gone – it’s ‘more intense than ever before’

Two-time reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo has answered the $300 million (AUD) questioned all NBA fans have been asking during the off-season.
Two-time reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo has answered the $300 million (AUD) questioned all NBA fans have been asking during the off-season.

While he was expected to sign his supermax extension with the Milwaukee Bucks, some thought he could wait until the impending 2021 free agency.

However the news was confirmed on Wednesday morning [AEDT].

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“This is my home, this is my city,” Antetokounmpo said via Twitter.

“I’m blessed to be able to be a part of the Milwaukee Bucks for the next five years. Let’s make these years count. The show goes on, let’s get it.”

And get it the Bucks must do as while they may not be under the pump to wrap up his future, the next step is even more important.

“The pressure to sign Antetokounmpo to a new contract may be gone, but the pressure to win a championship is more intense than ever before,” Bucks beat writer Eric Nehm told The Athletic.

“As an organization, they have to find a way to better leverage Antetokounmpo’s skills and create a game plan that works in the postseason.”

A similar point was echoed by The Washington Post’s Michael Lee, who tweeted:

“Milwaukee scored a huge win but it’s debatable if the hardest part will be convincing Giannis to sign the $228M contract or doing what’s necessary to get him to stick around through its completion. This is legit cause for celebration in C.R.E.A.M. City but the real work has begun.”

Milwaukee scored a huge win but it's debatable if the hardest part will be convincing Giannis to sign the $228M contract or doing what's necessary to get him to stick around through its completion. This is legit cause for celebration in C.R.E.A.M. City but the real work has begun

— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) December 15, 2020

This is my home, this is my city.. I’m blessed to be able to be a part of the Milwaukee Bucks for the next 5 years. Let’s make these years count. The show goes on, let’s get it.

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