The question remains... will two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo sign his supermax extension with the Milwaukee Bucks before the 2020-21 season?
During a recent interview with Cosmote TV, the "Greek Freak" gave some insight into his career goals and his desire to win at the highest level, not just in the NBA but also with the Greek National Basketball Team.
“I will not stop playing until I get what I want to achieve. I want to win a medal; I want to win an NBA championship. I may continue until I am 45. I am not in hurry, I will be here."
"I think that day by day in order to get to the next level and reach the point I want to, I have to improve my shooting ability, my free throws, and that will happen. Because I am putting in a lot of work and I believe in myself. And day by day it will come..." he said.
The "Greek Freak" also stated his willingness to pair up with other stars for the sake of winning. “For sure I am proud of what we have achieved with this team, starting from 15 wins and getting to 60. And last season we could have gotten to 65-70 wins. But being proud of not having support around me, it’s not true. If I was the fifth or sixth-best player on the team, I would have been ok with that."
“If LeBron and Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis came to Milwaukee; I would have been good with that. I am not interested if I am the top, second or third name, ok? Because I want to win… For sure when I was 18 or 19 years old, maybe I didn’t understand what you need to do to win."
"But right now, I am 25 and I want to win because when I retire, that’s what people will remember."
For the enigmatic Greek basketball player, LeBron still remains his role-model. “LeBron is, of course, a great opponent and I want to beat him and he is the best player in the world right now. It doesn’t matter who is the MVP, he is the best. I say so, he is the best in the world. The day that I would be the best player in the world, I will step forward and say it. At this moment, the best is LeBron James."
"For sure he is the example I follow and not only on the court but as a human being. He is part of this business, called the NBA, for 17 years and you have never heard anything negative about LeBron. He never did anything wrong, he goes out, does his job, he tries to win all the time," the "Greek Freak" added.
He also reiterated how proud and happy he was of his brother Kostas.
“Those who say: “Kostas won a title before Giannis”. Guys, that thing does not exist. We were all sleeping together in a small room. And Thanasis is a two-time Greek champion, Kostas is an NBA champion and I am a two-time MVP. We are one family. Imagine what my mother is feeling."
Giannis Antetokounmpo never forgets about his hometown in suburban Athens.
This time the “Greek Freak” collected food and delivered it to the church of Agios Meletios in Sepolia, the neighbourhood where he grew up, in order to give to people needing support.