Know your role like Giannis Antetokounmpo.
It is undeniable that Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the top players in the NBA, and his dominance in the playoffs this year has consolidated this. But the “Greek freak” has been criticized by fans and analysts during some of the late game performances during the Milwaukee playoffs.
But if he is not honest and aware, he is nothing: after the Bucks defeated the Hawks 113-102 in Game 3, Antetokounmpo praised running partner Chris Middleton while praising his running partner Chris Middleton. Shows a healthy self-awareness for his role:
Giannis’s evaluation of Khris Middleton is closer, partly because: “I want to be a winner. I have been “that person” for the entire game. I don’t care about being the person in the fourth quarter. I believe Khris will die. If you want the ball, you’d better give it to him.”
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) June 28, 2021
“I want to be a winner,” Antetokounmpo said. “I have been’that guy’ the entire game. “I don’t care about being that person in the fourth quarter. I believe Khris is dead. If Khris asks for the ball, it is better to give it to him. “
Middleton broke out 20 of his playoff-high 38 points in the fourth quarter of the game on Sunday night, helping the Bucks tilt the series with a score of 2-1. Middleton defeated the entire Hawks 20-17 in the final game.
In the Twitter-led discussion surrounding NBA players and fans declaring players as alpha-males or clutches or any other top bar debate, it must be refreshing to read Antetokounmpo’s self-awareness and analysis of his teammates.
In the final analysis, Giannis just wants to be a winner. If obeying Middleton at a critical moment makes him a winner, then this is a good, honest and fair recognition.
Middleton (38 points, 7 assists and 11 rebounds in the third game) performed well in the playoffs, with a 30+ performance in three games. In the playoffs, he averaged 23.1 points, 4.7 assists and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Middleton is certainly an integral part of the Milwaukee team. However, more importantly, he and Antetokounmpo seem to have found the secret to winning the playoffs.