Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo 2017-18 season preview

MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 27: Giannis Antetokounmpo
MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 27: Giannis Antetokounmpo /
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Milwaukee, WI – APRIL 27: (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Milwaukee, WI – APRIL 27: (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) /

What is Antetokounmpo saying?

After experiencing a whirlwind of a summer as he did this year, there was certainly plenty to talk about for Antetokounmpo on this year’s media day. While he touched on a gamut of questions over the course of his availability, the topic of the Greek’s health was likely the most pressing one that all Bucks fans wanted to hear about.

When asked about it by members of media row, Antetokounmpo shed light on just how tough of a decision it was to back out of this year’s EuroBasket tournament, as well as how he’s feeling with the season fast approaching:

"“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.”"

Now it’s safe to say that the topic of Giannis’ health won’t simply disappear into the ether, especially since this specific issue with his knee is something that Giannis, himself, has said that he’s long dealt with. Nonetheless, it’s good to hear that he’s improved, even if it’s something to keep an eye on as we near the start of the season.

The topic of leadership was also something Giannis talked about at times during Media Day, but he went into greater detail on the effects of taking on that type of role as told to and transcribed by Eric Nehm of ESPN Milwaukee during the team’s training camp:

"“The toughest thing is to play basketball and talk at the same time because being a leader, you always have to be on point. Today, you have to be on point. Tomorrow, even if you have a bad day at home, you have to come back here on the court and be on point. Be a leader, be more vocal, they’ve gotta hear your voice because that’s the only way you can lead. If you don’t talk, if you don’t make them hear your voice and lead by example, none of them will follow your lead. It’s kind of tough, but I’m getting better and I have great teammates and coaches helping me do that.”"