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Bucks new coach Adrian Griffin excited to work with Giannis Antetokounmpo

The 1st-time head coach anticipates having a ‘great partnership’ with the Milwaukee star forward in 2023-24.

First-time head coach Adrian Griffin has worked as an NBA assistant for the past 15 years. 

SAUKVILLE (AP) — New Milwaukee coach Adrian Griffin says he is looking forward to forming a great partnership with Giannis Antetokounmpo, although the two-time league MVP plans to hold off on signing a contract extension with the team.

Antetokounmpo told The New York Times last month that he wanted to see how committed the Bucks are toward winning another championship before deciding whether to sign a long-term deal to stay in Milwaukee. The two-time MVP also noted the Bucks’ recent coaching change and said he wanted to “see the dynamics” of how everything works with the new staff before making a decision.

“Giannis and I are on the same page,” Griffin said 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.”