The NBA is both a physical game and a mind game. It takes the power of the body and brain for a superstar to become such. Prime examples of this showcase are Lebron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo. These two high caliber players are going head to head for this year’s Most Valuable Player award. However, the scales are tipping towards the Greek Freak.
Interestingly, he is made his case for the MVP award more interesting when he announced during the lockdown that he didn’t have a hoop to practice with. Not having a basketball court to practice with is similar to an IT technician not having a computer to work with. That sounds absurd, but Giannis was obviously playing mind games.
The Greek Freak admitted that he was playing mind games with the league when he said he didn’t have access to any gym during the lockdown. He said,
“Anybody out there that thought I didn’t have access to a gym, they don’t even know me. So, I just said that to try to get a little bit ahead of the competition.”
He didn’t clarify how announcing not practicing basketball would get him a bit ahead of the competition. However, he could have done that to catch his rivals slacking off. Of course, no player would admit falling for the trick of Giannis. After all, he has a guaranteed cool AU$150 million in the bag which the cost of a top of the line basketball court wouldn’t even scratch.
Giannis is leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a league-best record of 52-12. Their seat at the top of the Eastern Conference is guaranteed. However, it doesn’t amount to much because of a missing home-court advantage. Nonetheless, Giannis and his team will look to prove to the rest of the league what they’re made of.
He is averaging 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds, and 5.8 assists with just an average of 39.6 minutes played. Giannis is also shooting at an impressive 54% from the field. The young superstar just keeps on improving his game year on year. He’s now shooting at a relatively high percentage of 31% from the arc.
If the Greek Freak could consistently drain 3s game in and game out. The NBA might as well just hand the Larry O’Brien trophy to Milwaukee Bucks.
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