MILWAUKEE (WKOW)-- NBA mandatory individual workouts began on Wednesday, July 1 in preparation for the restart of the season on July 30 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.
NBA teams also had to finalize their rosters on Wednesday and inform the league of their traveling party to Orlando. Head Coach Mike Budenholzer said he fully expects all of their players to be with the team in Orlando.
Prior to the NBA suspension, the Bucks held the best record in the league at 53-12. Now they look to pick up where they left off which, Giannis Antetokounmpo knows won't be that easy.
"At the end of the day, this is going to be the toughest championship you could ever win because the circumstances are really, really tough right now, so whoever wants it more is going to be able to go out there and take it," Bucks Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo said.
"This is a marathon," Budenholzer said. "The team that ultimately is the last one standing will have been in Orlando a long time, will have gone through a lot."
Despite having a newborn baby at home, Anteokounmpo decided to play in Orlando with trust in the NBA protocol.
"I've worked personally seven years, and as a team, I've worked all season long for being in a position to go out there and win a championship," Antetokounmp said. "Just that being taken away from you, that's hard so in my head, I was like okay I know the NBA is going to make the right decision and the safest decision for us."
Antetokounmpo said it hurts a little bit that they won't have home-court advantage in the playoffs and hopes the NBA implements another advantage for top seeds in Orlando.
The Bucks will start play in Orlando against the Celtics on July 31 at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN.