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Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Is Giannis Antetokounmpo Being Uncomptetitive In Calling Kevin Durant The World's Greatest Player?

I don't think that there's anything wrong with acknowledging a fact like Giannis did, I just don't think he should've done it aloud.

We all grew up playing ball at the local park or open gym or whatever and had that one dude who was unstoppable.  That dude that embarrassed you and made you go home wanting to quit playing the game altogether. After those games, you might mutter under your breath about how good that dude was but you wouldn't admit even to your mother how much better than you he was because it wouldn't help to have the thought in your mind the next time you went to try to beat him.

And I think that it might be the point where Giannis erred.  Now, not only has he affirmed this thought in his own mind but he's given Kevin Durant a mental edge the next time he plays, whether he sincerely believes it or not.

The Buck's had finally broken ground gaining some equal measure of competitiveness with the Nets on the court but Giannis' statement, as the team leader, might have set the team back a bit.

I get that Giannis is a humble dude and all, and it's a refreshing break from the routine of an athlete who tends to lean into their celebrity.  On the court though, I think the fans of the team and his teammates would prefer that he table that notion for discussion after the season is officially over or, better yet, after he retires.

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