‘Kobe Told Me’- Giannis Antetokounmpo Willing to Team Up with LeBron James and Anthony Davis

Published 12/01/2020, 2:42 PM EST
Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) of the Milwaukee Bucks wears street clothes before the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Monday, March 9, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


News about Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo remained seemingly quiet over the past few days. But now, the ‘Greek Freak’ himself threw out a massive statement about staying in Milwaukee, and that he’s willing to adjust as the #2 in the team if the Bucks want to bring in a player like LeBron James or Kevin Durant

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How good would that be? A superstar like LeBron or KD joining the Bucks. Their championship contention would be off the charts, and every other team would look inferior in front of them.

Not demeaning any other franchise, but imagine LeBron throwing up an alley-oop for a flying Giannis at the rim! 

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Giannis Antetokounmpo to re-sign with the Milwaukee Bucks? 

Here’s why these scenarios are running through at the moment! Giannis recently appeared on Cosmote TV, a Greek telecommunications company.

Naturally, the people at Cosmote enquired about Antetokounmpo’s NBA future, and he responded with a casual statement! 

“If LeBron, KD, or AD want to join me in Milwaukee, I will be happy. I don’t care about being number 1, or number 2, or number 3,” expressed Giannis. 

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Anthony Davis (3) celebrate during the fourth quarter in game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsMandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

This seems to be a cryptic message by Giannis Antetokounmpo, hinting at his extension with the Bucks. He clears the air amid several rumors that suggested he’s on his way out to join the Miami Heat. 

A thought stretched too far, but how well would it be to watch two dominant players in Anthony Davis and Giannis team up? Forget LeBron and KD for a moment as they’re cornerstone players of their franchise. 

Davis too is a player of that caliber, but he’s younger and has a bright future ahead. The 27-year-old can indeed ponder over a move to the Bucks and where he’ll utterly dominate the league alongside Giannis. 

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Kobe Bryant inspired Giannis to become the player he is 

Giannis Antetokounmpo did not find much success as a rookie or as a sophomore. His numbers weren’t convincing enough to deem him a future MVP, but success found its way into the Greek Freak’s hands. 

However, everything he has achieved is through pure hard work and determination. Likewise, the late Kobe Bryant is a player who epitomized the phrase hard work. His unbelievable workout routines reaped massive success and shone the superstar status on him. 

“Kobe told me to sacrifice if I want to win and be great,” Giannis mentioned on Cosmote TV. Receiving advice from a champion like Bryant propelled Giannis to work harder and sacrifice things in order to succeed in the league. 

During the National Anthem Lakers Kobe Bryant points to upward honoring Lakers owner Jerry Buss at the Staples Center Wednesday. Dr. Jerry Buss, died Monday of cancer at age 80. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) 

The 2x MVP has certainly followed in Kobe’s footsteps when it comes to getting better through sheer hard work and sacrifice. However, he remains humble even after being bestowed with multiple accolades and still credits LeBron as his idol.

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“LeBron is the best in the world, MVP is another story, I can tell that he is the best and my idol, he is 17 years in the League,” Giannis stated on the show. 

Giannis’ success story narrates how he was able to outshine his idol and clinch the league MVP award. However, his humility sets him apart, but the elusive championship is yet to fall into his hands. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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