Bucks’ Antetokounmpo: No asterisk should be next to 2020 NBA champion

The Bucks are a week away from traveling down to Orlando for the NBA’s eventual restart of play, and the team is right back to holding a championship mindset.

At 53-12, Milwaukee currently has a 6.5 game lead over Toronto for the top seed in the Eastern Conference, and before the pandemic, the team was consistently one of the top teams in various power rankings.

Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo says playing in the Orlando bubble will present difficulties, but the unusual circumstances of the upcoming postseason should not de-legitimize whomever wins the NBA Finals.

“I’ve heard a lot of people say there’s going to be a, how you say, star next to this championship,” Antetokounmpo said Wednesday. “I feel like at the end of the day, this is going to be the toughest championship you could ever win, because the circumstances are really, really tough right now. Whoever wants it more is going to be able to go out there and take it.”

NBA teams arrive in Orlando July 7-9.