NBA: The recent NBA champions, Milwaukee Bucks, star player Giannis Antetokounmpo have the right to believe he is the best in the world. However, in an interview with a TV station he refused that claim, he believes LeBron is still the best and top of the tree.
With a championship, multiple MVP’s and a Finals MVP next to his name, Giannis Antetokounmpo remains as motivated as ever.
Speaking with Cosmote TV, Antetokounmpo still says he is chasing the best players in the league.
“I like being a hunter. I am not the best player in the world,” said Antetokounmpo as reported by Harris Stavrou of SPORT24.
“I am telling you, I am not. KD, LeBron, Kawhi, Luka, Curry, AD might be. I am not. I am still hunting the All-Time Greats. LeBron is still the best player in the world.
Known for opting not to work out with other stars during the offseason, Antetokounmpo explained his approach.
“I am not working out with other players because we just can’t be friends. We can’t get a coffee together. If we do that, I cannot be aggressive with them on the court”.
The 2021-22 season marks the first year of his supermax extension with Milwaukee, a contract that was the lead story heading into training camp last season.
“I was thinking if we can make it happen in Milwaukee. I told the owners my goal was to win a championship. I didn’t care about money, about fame. I love Milwaukee, it’s my second home, but I just needed a commitment”.
Still only 26 years old, Antetokounmpo has already built a Hall of Fame resume with the Bucks with the next challenge being back-to-back titles and continuing that “hunt” to become an all-time great.
Kawhi Leonard return to NBA not fixed?
LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard underwent surgery in July on his partially torn right ACL and there remains no timetable for his return this season.
ACL injuries typically take a full calendar year to recover and according to LA Clippers President of Basketball Operations, Lawrence Frank “no one knows” if he’ll be back on the floor in 2021-22.
The Clippers announced that “there is no timetable for a return” for Leonard before the start of Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
LA Clippers President of Basketball Operations, Lawrence Frank provided an update on September 26, reiterating that there is still no timetable for Leonard to return to the court this season.
“I think at this point, it’s just no one knows when you’re dealing with a recovery from an ACL [injury], the time frame,” Frank said, according to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk.
“You just attack it day by day. He has a very detailed plan with a great group, and we’ll just let his body and the doctors tell us when it’s the right time.”