Giannis Antetokounmpo suggests he doesn't want his teammate on Greece national team to think that he stands out. Antetokounmpo, an NBA champion and a two-time NBA MVP, is set to lead Greece at the upcoming EuroBasket.
Antetokounmpo is widely considered as one of the best players in the world, with some believing that he is the one who should be considered as the best basketball player in the world. But Antetokounmpo doesn't want to be considered as the best player in the world.
“You can’t adjust 11 people around me. I am not that type of guy. I have to adjust to everybody, I will do whatever my team needs, I will screen, I will play at 5 if I have to. Right now our team is not ready to get a medal.
But we have a chance. When the season started in Milwaukee, our goal wasn’t the championship. But we worked hard and we won. I am not the best player in the world. Don’t tell me that I am," Antetokounmpo said, per Pulse Sports.
Antetokounmpo hoping to lead Greece to gold
Antetokounmpo will undoubtedly be one of the best and most dominant players at the EuroBasket. Antetokounmpo has enjoyed success with the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA, and now he is hoping to enjoy international success with Greece.
Antetokounmpo is coming off another long season but he has had two months to rest after the NBA season. The Bucks, who won the championship last year, failed to repeat as back-to-back NBA champions after losing to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Statistically, Antetokounmpo had another great season. But one of the big reasons why the Bucks didn't make it far in the playoffs was because Khris Middleton sustained an injury in the first round. Not having Middleton was too much to overcome for the Bucks and they fell short versus the Celtics.
It remains to be seen if Antetokounmpo can bounce back from a playoff disappointment and lead Greece to gold medal at the EuroBasket.