Giannis Antetokounmpo, the superstar of the Milwaukee Bucks, is 28 years old now but has already played basketball professionally for over a decade. He has been playing for the Bucks since 2013. The 28-year-old power forward has won two Most Valuable Players awards before turning 26. As a result, the Bucks star has joined the elite group with LeBron James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is Greek but also has Nigerian ancestry. Due to his nationality, skills, and impact on the court, he got the nickname “The Greek Freak.” This 7 feet tall Greek has been an All-Star seven times and a captain of the All-Star East Conference team for three years. But even after all these big feats, the star player is chasing one big man, and that is LeBron James
The Greek Freak Ready To Hound King James
Giannis helped the Bucks win the NBA championship in 2021. He has been a fan favorite, especially of the Milwaukee Bucks, for a reason. The last time the Bucks won the championship was back in 1971. But Giannis Antetokounmpo has already established himself as one of history’s greatest European basketball players. In the list of the most incredible power forwards in the NBA’s history, there will always be the mention of the name of the Greek Freak. However, Antetokounmpo is unsatisfied even after these ten glorious years with the Bucks. But the question is why?
Recently in an interview with Eurohoops, Antetokounmpo mentioned, “I wanna beat the King.” This desire to break the records of LeBron James comes out of sheer respect. LeBron James has been an absolute role model for many young aspiring talents throughout his long and illustrious twenty-season career. Giannis Antetokounmpo expressed his wish to follow in the footsteps of the King. He congratulated King James for breaking the ultimate NBA record of the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. But Giannis also told Eurohoops that he wishes to have a similar career graph in terms of longevity. The 7 feet Bucks player feels that King James is the benchmark for every aspiring talent all over the world.
Why Giannis Antetokounmpo Is So Eager To Beat The King?
Giannis: “My goal is to beat LeBron [in the All-Star Game]. … I cannot be 0-3 against him.” pic.twitter.com/Etu9w1pbPp— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 10, 2023
Apparently, Giannis Antetokounmpo wants to defeat LeBron James in an All-Star game. On three occasions, he has led the Eastern All-Star team. But the West has got the better of them each time. Hence, Antetokounmpo wants LeBron James to take part in another All-Star match against him so that he can get a chance to close in on the gap. Then he might call it even. On February 10, 2023, the Lakers met the Bucks and ended on the losing side. However, LeBron James did not participate in that game due to a sore ankle. The Bucks won 115-106.
The Bucks are currently holding the second seed in the Eastern Conference table. They are on a roll this season with Giannis Antetokounmpo, their star, guiding them through and through. After the game against the Lakers, the Greek Freak also mentioned that he could not stay 0-3 behind King James at the All-Star event. Looks like Antetokounmpo is very eager to catch up to his idol. The All-Star games will be fascinating and competitive, with the King and the Greek Freak going all guns blazing at each other.