“Kevin Durant or James Harden Can Be”: Giannis Antetokounmpo Doesn’t Want To be the Face of the NBA

Published 08/01/2021, 10:48 AM EDT
Jul 8, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts during the 118-108 loss against the Phoenix Suns in game two of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Giannis Antetokounmpo, aka the Greek Freak, is arguably the best player in the world, all at the age of 26. Giannis, coming off the highs of a championship less than a week ago, has already publicized his goals to run it all the way back once again in 2022. In fact, the Greek superstar is already looking to the future, aiming to add to a trophy cabinet already holding 2x MVPs, 1 DPOY, 1 Title and F-MVP.

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But, taking over as the face of the league will have to wait. Having won his first title just over 10 days ago, Antetokounmpo is already back across the Atlantic. The Greek Freak is the perfect example of the ideal family man in the modern NBA. Additionally, with the remaining 2 Antetokounmpo brothers joining Kostas as NBA champions, there will be no awkward dinners this time around!

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Giannis Antetokounmpo not after the “face of the NBA” tag

Giannis recently addressed all the noise surrounding the different tags he will enter next season with. Having averaged 35.2ppg/13.2rpg in his 1st NBA Finals, Antetokounmpo now arguably stands face to face with the likes of LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

And even though injuries marred this season, Antetokounmpo has ascended to the next level. His 2021 season now justifies the argument for putting him on equal footing in the debate over best player in the world.

Debate or not, Antetokounmpo has made his stance clear. Giannis isn’t troubled about entering next season as Number 1. In fact, following the return of the prodigal son in Athens, the reigning Finals MVP said “I don’t care about being the face of the NBA. KD or Harden can be.”

The former MVP reiterated that his sole focus would be to get the work in. Whether it were in the weight room or on court, the only way is forward. Focusing on recovery, spending the invaluable time with the family this summer will be priority numero uno!

Antetokounmpo also took to twitter, as he announced their return home bringing the title gold to Europe – “We come and bring the cup !!

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Having tasted success, Giannis Antetokounmpo will not be resting soon. Instead, he will be back in the gym, channeling that Mamba Mentality, in lieu of another trip to the promised land in June 2022.

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Nikhil Naik

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Nikhil Naik is an NBA writer at EssentialySports. Having completed his bachelor's degree in Hospitality, he has worked with the Indian Hotels Company Limited, at the Taj in Mumbai. Nikhil has been playing basketball since 2014.

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