Khris Middleton suffered a terrible blow of fate. On Nov. 1, the fullback was in his first practice with the Wisconsin Herd, the Bucks’ G-League affiliate team, as part of his phased return to play. The following day, his father, James, died in Charleston at the 57 years old.
A shock for him. ” It’s hard, he’s the one who made me discover all this, who showed me love, allowed me to fall in love with the game by taking me to all these places. Going through this process while waiting for me to come back to watch me play, I think about it all the time. It’s hard to live », does not hide Giannis Antetokounmpo’s teammate.
He says he is grateful to his family, his playmates and the Milwaukee franchise for supporting him in these difficult times. ” They went out of their way to make sure I was ‘comfortable’, not alone and didn’t feel rushed (compared to his return). They understand, and I really appreciate “, Continues the triple All-Star.
The latter, whose return is announced for next night against the Lakers, expects to experience a complicated return to competition due to these family circumstances. ” It’s going to be tough the first two games, that’s for sure. But I’m ready to play. I also know, deep in my heart, that I have to play. He always wanted me to play basketball. I always wanted to play basketball. I know he’ll always be watching and he’ll always be there with me “, he formulates
Khris Middleton repeats being able to rely on “ so many great people around him, some of whom have already been there. ” And then there are people I can just talk to to distract myself, to clear my head, to be myself. That’s why I love this place so much. »
The return to play will allow him to refocus on what he does best within a team which, despite his absence, still occupies 2nd place in the East with fifteen victories in twenty games. ” They have been great. Especially the way they played, it makes me say ‘OK I don’t have to feel the pressure like these guys need me, even if they want me, they don’t need me, they manage .’ I feel like an extra weapon that hasn’t been used yet this season. »