Giannis Antetokounmpo declared the best team in the Western Conference resides in Utah — not Los Angeles — after his Bucks fell to the Jazz on Friday night.
“It just looks fun. Like when I watch them play, it looks fun, it looks easy,” Antetokounmpo said after dubbing Utah the best team in the West, per Eric Woodyard of ESPN. “It looks simple. For sure, they look like us last year, and man, when you’re at that point and you’re playing with that confidence you’re hard to beat for sure.”
Antetokounmpo’s Bucks reeled off the best regular-season record in the NBA last year before being unceremoniously tossed from the playoffs by the Miami Heat 4-1 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Maybe the two-time defending MVP was just being literal since Utah currently sits atop the Western Conference — and the NBA — with a 21-5 record, a half-game ahead of the 21-6 Lakers. But it seems hard for Antetokounmpo to forget about the defending champions, who are on a seven-game win streak of their own.
The Lakers beat the Bucks earlier this season, 113-106.