The Bucks de Milwaukee They didn’t have long to celebrate their first NBA championship in 50 years.
Just three months after the performance of 50 points of Giannis Antetokounmpo To secure the title by beating the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of the Finals, the Bucks will raise the championship banner and open the season on October 19.
The holidays were particularly short for Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday, who left for Tokyo shortly after the champion’s parade and won the gold medal with the United States team.
“It was crazy,” Holiday admitted.
They had little time to go home and rest before beginning the process of trying to repeat the title. They recognize that they need to maintain the same tenacity that led them to win the first franchise title since 1971.
Milwaukee returns with most of the key players from last season, although PJ Tucker left for the Miami Heat
The Bucks will start the season against the Brooklyn Nets, would have eliminated them in the second round of the playoffs if the foot of Kevin Durant he wouldn’t have slipped on the line of three when attempting a pitch in the seventh game.
“It’s a challenge,” Middleton said. “I think we need to find a way to stay hungry, not be satisfied with what we achieved last year and find a way to repeat.”
On their way to the title, the Bucks got the boost from their past playoff failures. The Bucks no longer have that incentive, but say they will stay just as motivated.
“The teams are going to want to beat us,” Antetokounmpo said. “But we also have that hunter mentality.”
Milwaukee returns with most of the key players from last season, though P.J. Tucker he went to the Miami Heat and Bryn Forbes returned to the San Antonio Spurs. They added Grayson Allen, Semi Ojeleye and George Hill to the bench.
Its depth will be put to the test.
The Bucks may need to monitor their best players early in the season because they had little rest in the shortened preseason.
Antetokounmpo, who hyperextended his left knee in the Eastern Conference title series against Atlanta says he feels good but will be careful this season. The Bucks also need to make sure Holiday and Middleton don’t overwork after a busy summer.
“They usually know how to examine you,” Holiday acknowledged. “Not only that, they are good at taking care of you and dosing you.”
Milwaukee hopes that being cautious early will lead to another memorable finish.
“It was a bottom line for us, right?” Guard Pat Connaughton said. But stories have sequels, stories have trilogies. At the end of the day, it is to continue the story, to continue the next book ”.