NBA news: Milwaukee Bucks megastar Giannis Antetokounmpo played a crucial role in guiding his team to the NBA Championship last season. However, the Greek forward still doesn’t think that has made him the best player in the NBA.
Every year, there are serious debates about the best player in the league. But Antentokounmpo is adamant that Los Angeles Lakers icon LeBron James is still the best player in the world.
Giannis heaped praise on several other NBA stars as well but openly admitted that LeBron James remains a cut above the rest. Antetokounmpo won back-to-back MVP awards in the 2018-19 season and the 2019-20 season, but he is still showing James the respect that he’s earned in his storied career.
NBA news: Giannis Antetokounmpo shows LeBron James some love as he labels Lakers star as best player in the world
LeBron has not only been an elite player in the NBA for 15 years but a guy who changed player empowerment and how players treat their brands. Even at 36, he remains a force to reckon with on both ends of the court. Last season, he was in the middle of the MVP conversation until an ankle injury sidelined him.
And Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo certainly believes that LeBron deserves to be called the best player in the world.
While speaking to Euro Hoops, Giannis refrained from calling himself the best player in the world. He said, “Don’t call me champ. If you hear only compliments, you relax and this is something I don’t want. I can’t be fake. I am Giannis.“
“But calling me MVP, calling me champ, calling me the best player in the world, is something that might hold me back. And I don’t want anything holding me back. I want to look forward and be better.” he explained.
The Bucks talisman then deemed LeBron James as the best player in the world, after naming some NBA stars who are still in the debate. He also added that he likes being hungry for greatness.
“I like being a hunter. Honestly, I am not the best player in the world. I am telling you, I am not! KD, LeBron, Kawhi, Luka, Curry, AD might be. I am not. I am still hunting the All-Time Greats. LeBron is still the best player in the world.” said Giannis.
LeBron’s endurance and Lakers’ challenge for upcoming season
Two seasons ago, James was the NBA Finals MVP as he led the Lakers to the NBA Championship. Last season, he averaged 25 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 7.8 assists a game, taking on the majority of the team’s playmaking duties.
However, the Lakers were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs last season. The Western Conference giants suffered defeat against the Phoenix Suns.
Nevertheless, the Lakers will be hoping to bounce back with a revamped squad. With Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony joining the Lakers, Frank Vogel’s side will remain in contention for the NBA Championship next season.