The Milwaukee Bucks have had their share of ups and downs to begin the 2023-24 NBA season.
Some nights, they look great, while other nights, not so much. It's been a roller coaster, and so has the game-to-game reaction by the fanbase. Bucks social media can be chaotic after a loss, which is something guard Malik Beasley has seemingly taken note of. In an interview with Bleacher Report's Chris Haynes, Beasley gave his thoughts on everyone consistently judging their play nightly.
Malik Beasley channels his inner Aaron Rodgers when talking about Bucks' struggles
Speaking with Haynes on the current state of the Milwaukee Bucks, who have no shortage of newcomers this season, Beasley did not hold back.
"If you put together a whole new roster, a whole new coaching staff, and the people on paper have high expectations, it ain't gone be no Disneyland, happy, happy, happy, straight to it, 40-0. That ain't going to happen, man. Luckily, our big tests are closer to the playoffs...
We're growing, man. We're trying to figure this out. Dame's not even playing his best... We're all trying to figure out and grow with each other, and it's happening. It's happening game by game, and I just want people to know we're still, like, what, 25-10? Bro, people would die for our record.
Coach Griffin does an amazing job of, 'Yes, we need to get better. Yes, we need to defend better. Yes, we need to come out to better starts,' but the world needs to know we're still here. We're still top two. No matter what, we've got a chance to win every night... Give us until the end of January, almost February... Give us some time to work some more."
Beasley's comments about wanting everyone to give things time sounded like he was channeling former Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Of course, after the Packers started off 1-2 in 2014, Rodgers said the now famous quote, "Five letters here just for everybody out there in Packer-land: R-E-L-A-X." Beasley seemingly wants the fanbase to repeat those five letters to themselves, especially with a solid 25-10 record at the time of the interview.
The Bucks are indeed still working out the kinks. Though he has looked better lately, Damian Lillard is still clearly not yet fully comfortable playing alongside other stars like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton just yet. Brook Lopez is still trying to put the pieces together on both ends, and Beasley is adjusting to being tasked to take on more challenging assignments nightly.
There are games where the Bucks have literally won because of the star power they have and what players like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard can do. This was most recently on display in a thrilling win over the San Antonio Spurs. Even if the chemistry isn't there yet, the talent is, and once the two finally come together, this team has another gear or maybe even two.
Beasley mentioned in the interview how a lot of Milwaukee's tougher matchups will come in the later part of the season. Per Tankathon, the Bucks currently have the fourth-hardest schedule in the NBA for the remainder of the NBA season. This team will face tough opponents down the stretch, and that will be the true test to see if things are clicking.
But for now, Bucks fans, R-E-L-A-X.
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