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Giannis Antetokounmpo listed several factors contributing to the Milwaukee Bucks’ disappointing start to the season. Despite these challenges, he emphasized that he won’t allow them to affect his self-esteem.

“It’s been hard because so many changes, so many injuries, so, so many things,” Antetokounmpo said. “A lot of things, up and down. Changes, as I said, game plan, structure, all of the BS.

“We can start from f—— ownership, changed. Coach, changed. Coach, changed again. Star players, changed. From Khris (Middleton) being in and out. Like so much f—— s—. It’s just up and down. Up and down. So many things changing, man. But we got to stay together, I don’t like to victimize myself. I don’t like to feel bad about myself. That’s not who I am.”

Antetokounmpo emphasized the importance of adopting a collective strategy for the Milwaukee Bucks, stating that not allowing themselves to feel bad is key. He emphasized that this approach begins with him as a leader of the team.

“Personally, I have to keep on pushing,” Antetokounmpo told said. “If I have to talk more in the film sessions like I’ve been doing all year, if I have to f—ing grab the f—ing board and write something down — if I don’t, I don’t know — but you cannot just let opportunities like this go to waste.

“I feel like I don’t want to look back and be like, ‘Damn, I had some great teams and I wasn’t able to get over the hump.’ We have to stop feeling bad about ourselves. I’m tired of this. We have to stop doing that. Things are not going to be given to us. We have to go and take it. Like I’ve played with guys that never felt bad about themselves. Came in, did their job, went home, did their job, went home, did their job. That’s what we have to do. We’re not doing it right now, but hopefully we can do it.”