After the elimination of the Milwaukee Bucks by the Miami Heat, Giannis Antetokounmpo emphasised that there is no such thing as failure in sports, something that basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal is not accepting.
Although there is no failure, according to "the Greek freak"... the coach of the Bucks was fired and half the team will be "removed". World sports personalities such as Carlo Ancelotti, Lewis Hamilton, Pau Gasol and many others agreed with the opinion of the Greek ace, but not O'Neal.
Giannis being asked if this season was a failure. 😳
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The former basketballer disagreed with the statement of failure, and as someone who has won everything in his career, he emphasised that you can't be the best and not win.
Giannis Antetokounmpo'nun "Sporda başarısızlık diye bir şey yok" sözleri üzerine Shaquille O'Neal:
"Ligi sekizinci sırada bitiren takıma elenip 'Bu başarısızlık değil' diyemezsin. Bu başarısızlıktır. En büyük isimlerin de bir zamanlar başarısız olduklarını anlamalısın." pic.twitter.com/I7m2SARreT
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Shaquille's statements in detail:
“You know, the participation, buddy environment we live in. It’s it’s changing the game. I always tell people I am 50 years old with old school training, and I am not rewiring my training for the new era,
the four-time NBA champion and one of the best centers of all time, said in The Big Podcast with Shaq.
"For this new style that we are living. So when you are touted as the best, you are expected to win, and if you don’t it’s a failure.
"It’s not bad. I’m not a failure as a player, but I failed the city and the team and failed to reach my accomplishments. Period. Point blank.
“So, he won two years ago, and we all know when you win, what do they expect you to do? Go back-to-back. Win again. They lost in the second round, ok, but they came back with a vengeance.
"You are the number one seed there is. And then you lost to an eighth seed. You can’t lose to no eighth seed and say it’s not a failure. It’s a failure.
“The problem is when you hear the word failure, there’s so much negativity in the world, people go to the bottom. But you need to realise that the greatest of us have failed. The great ones relish failure in this business of sports."