Giannis Antetokounmpo Expresses a Peculiar Concern After Creative New Shot

Published 12/02/2021, 9:55 AM EST
Nov 26, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports


On their mission to retain the coveted NBA crown, the Milwaukee Bucks have encountered a bumpy road. But there has been one constant; the Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to wreak havoc in the league. Night after night, he is putting in All-star level performances, meaning that the Bucks sit comfortably in 4th position. Even in the absence of Khris Middleton, there was no stopping Giannis. But most recently, he has expressed a peculiar concern.

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Last year, the trio of Giannis, Middleton and Jrue Holiday were pivotal in guiding the Bucks to a historic success. Sending the Fiserv Forum into a craze, they conquered the Phoenix Suns in the finals. As a matter of fact, Antetokounmpo was the Finals MVP in 2021. Continuing the same form, he currently averages close to 28 points in the 2021-22 season, over six points higher than his career average. Still one of the league’s best guard-forwards, his combination of fearless dunks and effortless field goals is admiring to say the least.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo says he can’t dunk anymore

There is no doubt that Giannis bloomed relatively early in his career. In fact, the season gone by was his reward for years of hard work. Now aged 26, the Athens born star still has many years left on the circuit. The #34 is a 5-time All-star, and it is just the beginning. However, his increased work load has been a sign of things to come as well. Fitness will be of immense importance, if the Bucks are to go all the way this year.

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In a recent interview, Giannis addressed the age factor. He admitted that it is becoming increasingly difficult for him to perform his outrageous moves on court, although it doesn’t seem like that to the naked eye. “I’m getting old,” laid out a concerned Giannis. His statistics from the 2-point range have been great, but he questioned whether he will be able to uphold it. “I’m not able to dunk on people anymore. I got to be sneaky.”

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Nov 14, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo attempts a basket against Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela, right, during the second quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Will Giannis lead the Bucks to another title this year? There is no doubt that the competition is stiff; but if there’s something Giannis does, it’s defying odds. Let’s wait and watch!

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, soccer and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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