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Giannis Antetokounmpo utters a dark truth on chasing the MVP award — "It holds you back"

Giannis Antetokounmpo explained how chasing individual accolades hinders one from fulfilling his real goals.
Giannis Antetokounmpo celebrates his MVP award

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has been on the MVP ladder in the last few years. This says a lot about the Greek’s consistency — a trait that separates the great ones from the good ones. Some analysts still have Giannis on top of the MVP ladder. If he snags the plum, it would be his third trophy in four years. When recently asked about individual accolades, Giannis utters the dark truth and explains why he isn’t gunning for such awards anymore.

It holds you back

Antetokounmpo has been playing the game long enough to know what matters most. The focus should be on the process itself — how to get better every day, be it at practice or during a game itself. That’s where the milestones lie. Whatever comes after it — the individual awards and praise — are matters that do not hold much significance.

“It holds you back. I really believe in this. You don’t get to your full potential if you worry on those things. I’m obsessed with basketball, I really want to be the best that I can be. I’ve shown it times and times that I’m about that. I’m not about scoring champ, I couldn’t care less. I’m not about MVP, I couldn’t care less,”

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bleacher Report

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Giannis likes to move at his own pace and lives by his own standards. His goal is to tick all the boxes on his list. If it captures the attention of some, then great. But it’s not the be-all and end-all of his existence as a basketball player.

I just want to be the best player that I can be, and wherever that takes me, I’m okay with that. If I keep worrying about winning the scoring champ … it takes me away from the goals I really want to achieve,” Antetokounmpo said.

Don’t call me MVP

This isn’t the first time Giannis uttered such words of this nature. When he was first crowned MVP, he asked Bucks fans not to call him such because he had bigger plans: to win it again the following year.

From its looks, Giannis had not been enlightened to the truths about individual awards a few years ago. After winning his first, he seemed to be fantasizing about more MVP trophies on his shelf. However, when he won his second MVP in a row, we witnessed a more mature Giannis. He finally realized how futile individual awards are.

It’s incredible to see Giannis mature and evolve right before our eyes. Fans remember when Antetokounmpo was just a lanky young gun from Greece who had big dreams. Now, he’s a two-time MVP, a Defensive Player of the Year, an NBA Champion, and he’s out to get some more. 

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