After a long hegemony of LeBron James, several players are now vying for the status of the best basketball player on the planet. One of them refuses despite everything to be qualified as such, and has made it clear in a scathing way lately.
If the NBA will not resume until October, basketball fans will already have something to eat a month earlier. The Eurobasket will indeed fill their schedule at the end of the summer, and will see several renowned players set foot on the German courts. Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic, Rudy Gobert: all will be there from September 1, as well as Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brothers under the colors of Greece.
Blessed to be able to do this together 💪🏾💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/2Wz1uqf7fO
— Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) August 5, 2022
Blessed to be able to do this together 💪🏾💪🏾
Giannis rejects the title of best player in the world
Proud to be able to live this adventure with his brothers — and to provoke the fiery reaction of LeBron James thanks to it, Giannis will undoubtedly represent one of the biggest headliners of the tournament. Still, he doesn’t expect his teammates to adjust their game to match his. In any case, this is what he said in a recent interview reported by the Nigerian media. Pulse Sports :
You can’t make 11 players fit me. I’m not that kind of guy. I’m the one who has to adapt to everyone, and I’ll do what the team needs. I’m going to put up screens. I will even play position 5 if necessary.
Devoted to the Greek collective, Giannis is thus ready to take on the role of Swiss army knife for his selection.
A real proof of modesty, which continued on the rest of his speech. Indeed, when drawing a parallel with the Bucks’ recent title season, the Greek Freak refused to be considered the best player on the globe, no offense to his fans:
When the season (2020-21) started in Milwaukee, our goal was not to win the title, but we worked hard and we won it. And no, I’m not the best player in the world, and don’t tell me I am.
After having bestowed this prestigious label on another NBA superstar a few months ago, Giannis therefore still refuses to monopolize it. And yet, there is a good chance that he will appear among the best elements of the Euro in a few weeks!
Always so humble, Giannis Antetokounmpo brushes aside the title of best player in the world. A certain way to get away from the pressure, but also to keep a great source of motivation to improve even more!