Giannis Antetokounmpo is an NBA champion and multiple-time MVP, but there are still people around the league he strives to be like.
This past week, with his Milwaukee Bucks holding down the Eastern Conference’s top seed, Antetokounmpo revealed his vulnerable side and discussed the one NBA star he really admires.
Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Stephen Curry.
“I do have the MVP trophies (finals and two regular season) in my office next to each other. . . But I want to create more art. I want to be able to — like, look at Steph today,” Antetokounmpo told The Athletic.
“The man is always real. Like, Steph is 35 (years old). Today, he has an unbelievable game. This is art. This goes in the resume. This goes in the bank, and then it’s on to the next one, you know what I’m saying? He created art today.”
Antetokounmpo then offered a window into just how hungry he is for another title.
“I feel like sometimes looking at (accomplishments from the past) stops you from going out there and chasing and being desperate. Why I’m here is because I’m desperate,” he said.
“I’m not as talented as Steph. I’m not as talented as (Kevin Durant). I’m f— desperate. I’m obsessed. I’m scared to lose what God has gave me and the life that I’ve provided for my kids and my brothers and for my mom, you know? I’m scared. So I f— work as hard as I can, because I don’t want to lose this s—.
“And it’s not gonna stop until I’m out of this league. So I do have the trophies somewhere. But I try not to look at them, because I want to win another one. I do want to. But I don’t want to go and say it. I don’t want to beg. I want my game to speak for itself.
“And like you said, it’s hard not to play with Khris [Middleton]. If we played with Khris (all season), I don’t think we have 48 wins (which is what they had at the time). I think we have 55 now. I really do believe that.”
Between his very blunt recent message about this year’s MVP race and now this, Antetokounmpo is becoming very vocal about his wants and desires.
The video speaks for itself. https://t.co/ajDa4L4Zcv
— Game 7 (@game7__) March 21, 2023
How will that work out for him?
Will it culminate in Antetokounmpo winning his second career NBA title this season? Time will tell.
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