The dynamics among members of the Milwaukee Bucks such as Khris Middleton will undoubtedly change this NBA season. As many fans will have heard by now, the Bucks managed to acquire Damian Lillard from the Portland Trail Blazers in a three-team deal that included the Phoenix Suns.
Although the Bucks lost Jrue Holiday and Grayson Allen in the trade, they were instantly considered the favorites to win the upcoming NBA championship. While the fit of Lillard and Giannis Antetokounmpo certainly sounds good, they will still have to go through a trial-and-error process before the playoffs begin.
Khris Middleton is one of the few veteran Milwaukee Bucks stars left. He was recently interviewed and asked about his new role for the team. With that being said, let us take a closer look and find out what he had to say.
Khris Middleton is willing to sacrifice for Damian Lillard
Fans who have been following the league for many years will know that there are several times when stars don’t get along with each other. A few examples could be when Kyrie Irving left LeBron James in Cleveland or when Kevin Durant left the OKC Thunder to join GSW.
Middleton has been around the league for a while now and knows how to put his team before himself. After all, giving the ball to the player in the best position will likely be a go-to strategy. Even if his ball usage goes down due to Lillard and Antetokounmpo’s play, he will still be able to score open jumpers created by their presence.
Khris shared that he had no problem in making sacrifices in order to accommodate Lillard, “I have no problems with putting my pride to the side, sacrificing a couple things for the team to succeed.”
With Damian Lillard in the mix, Khris Middleton’s role is going to change this season.
“I have no problems with putting my pride to the side, sacrificing a couple things for the team to succeed.”
— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) October 15, 2023
There is no denying that a new playstyle will require a lot of sacrifice for the entire team. Especially on the defensive end since Holiday was a much better defender for them than Lillard. Nonetheless, if the Bucks figure out the perfect starting lineup and playstyle, Middleton will be able to add another championship ring to his NBA career.