MILWAUKEE -- Speaking publicly for the first time since the Milwaukee Bucks fired head coach Jason Kidd earlier this week, Giannis Antetokounmpo admitted that he has had a hard time adjusting to the news.
Speaking to reporters after practice Wednesday, he confirmed an ESPN report from earlier in the week that said he received the news from the Bucks and called his coach approximately 15 minutes before Kidd was formally notified of the decision.
"He was a big part of my success," Antetokounmpo said. "He trusted me, he put the ball in my hands, he motivated me on a daily basis, he pushed me to be great and not to be mediocre. ...
"I was 19 when he came and he said he was going to put the ball in my hands. The first time I wasn't ready. I told him, 'Coach, I'm not ready to create and make plays for the team.' He said, 'OK, we're going to take our time.' The next year, he put the ball in my hands and I was ready. ... >> Read more