Milwaukee Bucks: Media Day roundup 2017-18 season

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Giannis Antetokounmpo

Antetokounmpo on improving:

"“I’m just trying to take it day by day, do whatever it takes for me to get better, and I know by doing that I’m going to help the team to get better.”"

Antetokounmpo on continuity:

"“I think it gives us an advantage as a team as we don’t have to take that step to figure out things. As Khris said, a lot of people have said that the East is wide open. A lot of trades have happened, a lot of people went from the East to the West. But we have the same core, the same players are back. The front office did a great job with that, and that gives us an advantage because in the first game, at the first tip-off, we’re going to be ready.”"

Antetokounmpo on putting his improvements from last season into practice again this year:

"“I think last year I could see the court better. Starting the year I never noticed how much attention I’d draw from the defense. Now watching on clips, I’m seeing how much attention I drew, and I just hope that I’m going to be able to make the right passes that I’ve been working all summer on.”"

Antetokounmpo on how his life has changed:

"“My life hasn’t changed. I still try to stay grounded. I have people around me who help me with that — my parents, my brothers, my teammates. I’ve just moved downtown. I’m closer to the arena now, that’s it.”"

Antetokounmpo on Kobe Bryant‘s challenge:

"“That’s a great compliment coming from Kobe, one of the greatest players to ever play the game, but you’ve got to take steps toward that. You can’t be MVP if your team doesn’t win, so I’ve got to do whatever it takes for our team, the Milwaukee Bucks, to win."

Antetokounmpo on leaving the Cousins Center:

"“After the day they told us we got to move, I was out there asking if I could buy the building and make it like a home, but it was going to be hard to maintain.”"

Antetokounmpo on his knee and missing EuroBasket:

"“Right now I’m getting better day-by-day. My knee feels a lot better. That decision was tough. It was really hard, it’s kinda hard when you have a whole country behind you that expects you to play. It was one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever made as an athlete, but I think it was the better thing for me and my family. This wasn’t just a decision that I didn’t want to play; I could not play.”"