The Milwaukee Bucks hired Adrian Griffin in June to be their new head coach. While he brings an illustrious and impressive resume to his new job, the main question was how he would be able to work with their star player, Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The answer? Well it seems to be rather apparent.
“Giannis and I are on the same page,” Griffin told members of the media, including the AP, on Monday during a golf event benefiting the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation. “We have a great relationship so far. He’s been pleasant to get to know. He wants to win, and I want to win. It’s that simple. I respect him. I respect what he’s accomplished in this league. We’re here together to win. I have no problem with that. I think it’s a great partnership. We’re going to lead the team together. When he leads, the others will follow. I think it’s great.”
Griffin knows Giannis is an extension of the players and coaches. Now, since this is Griffin’s first time as an NBA head coach, nobody is certain how exactly he’ll structure the rotation.
Being on the same page as your two-time MVP is certainly a start, however.
Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, who look to be two of the core four, also are on their way to returning from injury. Griffin said they are expected to be ready before training camp, which is scheduled to start Oct. 3.
As far as the goals for the upcoming season, Griffin and Giannis have the main one in common.
“We’re aligned,” Griffin said. “We’re here to win. The one thing I talked to my team and our staff about is just embracing expectations. We have a really good roster. Instead of running from it, we want to embrace it.”