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In the aftermath of the Milwaukee Bucks’ surprising decision to part ways with first-year head coach Adrian Griffin, the team swiftly appointed Doc Rivers as his successor. Both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard, the stars of the Bucks, expressed support for their new head coach.

Antetokounmpo highlighted the challenging nature of coaching the Bucks, saying, “It’s hard. Nothing is good enough. Only a championship is good enough,” as reported by Eric Nehm of The Athletic.

He emphasized Rivers’ confidence and experience, noting, “He’s been there before. We want to go there again.” Antetokounmpo believes Rivers can provide the necessary guidance and leadership to help the team navigate challenges and work cohesively toward their championship aspirations.

Lillard echoed similar sentiments, stating, “We all know what he brings. He’s a strong voice.” Lillard emphasized Rivers’ ability to motivate teams and his fearlessness in challenging players, stating, “He’s not going to be afraid to challenge myself. He’s not going to be afraid to challenge Giannis.”

Lillard sees Rivers as the perfect leader for a team of seasoned veterans, asserting that Rivers’ experience is crucial in reaching the team’s desired level of success.

Currently, the Bucks hold the second position in the Eastern Conference with a record of 32 wins and 14 losses, sharing the second-best record in the NBA with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Minnesota Timberwolves.