After nine seasons, Giannis Antetokounmpo won almost everything. With the trophies of MIP in 2017, MVP in 2019 and 2020, defender of the year in 2020 and finally champion and MVP of the Finals in 2021, the Greek has already marked his time and the history of the NBA.
However, he is still young since he will only celebrate his 28th birthday on December 4 and will play his tenth season next year.
“I’m an old man, but in my head it feels like I’ve played five seasons”laughs inside the Bucks for NBC Sports. “I have so much energy, an appetite to accomplish even more. Many know that I am a winner, I love to win. I like to give everything on the floor. »
Ten years already. As Giannis Antetokounmpo, who arrived in the NBA at 18 in 2013, exploded after several seasons, especially from 2016/17, when he became an identified star, we can sometimes forget that he has a decade in his legs. . But he is fully aware of it.
“I agree with that: people forget that I have been in the league for ten years and still see me as a kid. Like a new player who has to make his place”, pursues the Milwaukee All-Star. “I feel different. When I was 18, I ate burgers, I drank sodas. As you get older, you realize that you have to have a healthy life. I take care of my body as much as possible. »
The star of the Greek selection wants to keep a youthful spirit to approach the second part of his career. As Kobe Bryant had advised him to do a few years ago.
“I’m not going to reveal the conversations I shared with him, but yes, we talked about it a bit. You have to stay young, be curious, always ask questions. Always trying to progress, and he did until he was 38, and even after basketball. »