Giannis Antetokounmpo believes humbleness is the only way to greatness and that also means always finding ways to get better as a player and a person.
Staying humble is important
The Milwaukee Bucks beat the short-handed Chicago Bulls last night behind another stellar two-way performance from Giannis. He finished the game with 30 points and 12 rebounds, and the Bucks are finally, after a long time, fully healthy with almost every player at their disposal. The defending champions are not getting the attention they deserve from the media compared to some other teams in the NBA and Giannis himself despite being a two-time MVP.
In an interview after last night's game, Giannis said being humble is the way to go for him and understands it's important to stay level-headed if he wants to continue to have the same type of success. Compliments can often go to players' heads which results in a decline in their performance but that is not happening with Giannis.
“When you think you are the best, you stop becoming better. I always want to be humble and chase other players, other teams. It's a great compliment, but I'm not the best player in the world, I have to get better.”
Giannis doesn't believe he is the best
Having Giannis as a franchise player means a lot for Mike Budenholzer because he is not a hard person to get along with and is exceptionally coachable. Despite winning everything you can possibly win in the NBA, that didn't get into this head, and he understands there are still so many ways he could improve himself, which is one of the reasons why he doesn't consider himself the best player in the NBA.
"I am humble. I always try to listen to my coaches, my teammates and the people I trust. I don't agree with that, I'm not the best player. And even if I was, I was never gonna say it. I don't want to believe that."
The Bucks are currently in the 4th spot in the eastern conference, and after getting Jrue Holiday back in the starting lineup, things should go smoother for them heading into the All-Star break. Having everyone back will make things easier for Giannis, who is probably the most consistent player for the Bucks this season, having one of the years in his career. As a true leader, Giannis understands the amount of hard work to win an NBA title and how being humble can help you suppress your ego and make you an even better player than before.