Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Opens Up About What Helped Him Through His Anxiety During 2021 NBA Playoffs

Published 09/27/2021, 9:29 AM EDT
NEW YORK, USA – DECEMBER 21: Elfrid Payton (6) of New York Knicks in action against Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) of Milwaukee Bucks during NBA match between New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden in New York, United States on December 21, 2019. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)


The Milwaukee Bucks haven’t been very active this offseason. Yes, they have made a couple of vital additions and changes to their roster, other than that the Bucks haven’t made headlines since they won the NBA championship. Of course, Giannis Antetokounmpo and his leadership are one thing people can’t still stop talking about. And while we think all Giannis had to do was give his best in the playoffs, he had much more on his plate. Now the 26-year-old has finally opened up on the obstacles he had to face on his way to his first championship.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo on tackling his anxiety

Winning the NBA championship requires months and years of hard work, and when you’re the face of the franchise who is expected to make it happen, the pressure can be unreal. Giannis Antetokounmpo is one such player who wasn’t immune to the immense pressure as well.

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Believe it or not, the Greek Freak had to face some of his inner demons during his postseason run. There is no doubt that Giannis’ dominance against the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals was beyond remarkable. It took him a while and a bit of help to cope up with the anxiety.

As per Antetokounmpo, “I was talking with a sports psychiatrist every day, he helped me be myself. The free throws were a mental issue and I want to continue like this in the next season. And I want to see if we can repeat this as a team. I want to see if we can do it again, myself, my teammates, the owners, everyone.”

Jun 19, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) fight for a loose ball in the second quarter during game seven in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
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There should be no room for questioning a team that defeated the rest to lift the Larry O’Brien trophy. While some doubt their chances of winning another championship because of a much quieter offseason, this could be the calm before the storm. And knowing Giannis, it’s likely that.

Jul 20, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates with the NBA Finals MVP Trophy following the game against the Phoenix Suns following game six of the 2021 NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

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If a superstar like him can manage his emotions so well, get the required help needed, while also winning for his team, there is nothing he can’t achieve. How far do you think the Milwaukee Bucks can take themselves in 2021-22?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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