Milwaukee Bucks big man Giannis Antetokounmpo says that he wouldn’t rule out playing for the Chicago Bulls — but then again, no NBA player would.
Chicago is one of the best basketball cities in the world — just ask Chicago Sky guard Allie Quigley.
Or, ask anyone who watched Michael Jordan, who is arguably the greatest player of all time, create a dynasty with the Chicago Bulls. Everyone seems to agree that there’s an allure to Chicago basketball, even Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Recently, Antetokounmpo elaborated on how anyone in the NBA would consider playing for the Bulls — and if they said they wouldn’t, they’re lying.
"“I think anybody you ask that question who plays basketball, if he said no, he would be a liar. It’s a team that’s won multiple championships, it’s a team that one of the greatest players — if not the greatest player to ever play this game — played for, so it’s a no-brainer. Everybody would love to play for Chicago. Down the line, you never know. You never know how life brings it. Maybe I’ll play for Chicago. But right now, I’m committed to Milwaukee.”"
Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo says “you never know” about playing for the Bulls
While it’s one thing to imagine wearing Chicago red later down the line, Antetokounmpo will very much remain in Milwaukee green for the foreseeable future. He’s only one year into a five-year, $228 million extension, which came after he led the Bucks to their 2021 Championship and won Finals MVP for himself.
Still, it’s fascinating to hear this from a Bulls rival, especially when the towering Antetokounmpo has been a roadblock to hanging banners in United Center. As ESPN’s Jamal Collier pointed out, the Bulls only have one win over the Bucks with Antetokounmpo on the court.
“Chicago’s victory in Game 2 of [the Eastern Conference First Round] series is the only time the Bulls have beaten the Bucks with Antetokounmpo on the active roster since 2017,” wrote Collier.
Although the Bulls have a lot to be excited about with the team they’ve built, adding someone like Antetokounmpo would take their game to the next level. If life leads Antetokounmpo to the Bulls, perhaps Chicago could hang back-to-back banners up once more.