The Milwaukee Bucks revealed that superstar forward Giannis Antetokounmpo underwent “routine” surgery on his left knee this offseason.
Antetokounmpo had discomfort in the knee at the beginning of the offseason when the top-seeded Bucks were upset by the eighth-seeded Miami Heat, who eventually reached the NBA Finals.
After deliberating on what to do, the Bucks saw surgery as their star’s best option.
“He had a routine surgery on his left knee, and it went great,” Bucks new head coach Adrian Griffin told reporters, via ESPN, Wednesday. “Everything went as planned, and we expect him back and ready to go in training camp.
The 28-year-old dealt with knee injuries last season, which caused him to miss games, including five straight in January.
But it wasn’t the knee injury that affected “The Greek Freak” during the team’s first-round matchup with the Heat. In a Game 1 loss to Miami, Antetokounmpo hurt his lower back on a hard fall in the first quarter, and he didn’t return to the game.
“You asked me the same question last year, I think. Do you get a promotion every year? No, right? So, every year you work is a failure? Yes or no? No,” Antetokounmpo said at the time.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo after a 128-126 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the 2023 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee April 26, 2023. (Michael McLoone/USA Today Sports)
“Michael Jordan played 15 years. Won six championships. The other nine years was a failure? … Exactly, so why you ask me that question. It’s the wrong question.”