Giannis Antetokounmpo is a much more relatable superstar than ‘Hollywood’ LeBron James, ‘flat earth’ Kyrie Irving, and ‘Twitter fingers’ Kevin Durant, and he revealed why when answering a question about whether or not he has scouted the Boston Celtics yet.
Like all of us, the ‘Greek Freak’ has panic attacks. Surprisingly enough, he has them when he is watching basketball.
That may seem strange due to his job description, but the game of basketball is simply overwhelming to the 2021 NBA Finals MVP.
Check out his answer to reporters on whether or not he has done any due diligence on his Eastern Conference semifinals opponent:
"“I don’t watch basketball. I haven’t watched Boston. No, I’m being serious. I don’t watch basketball. I get too intense. I start sweating and stuff. My body gets tensed up. I’m sitting with my kids and I’m like, ‘Breathe.’ I can’t watch basketball, so I haven’t watched them. I don’t know what they’ve done, but I know that’s the team we’re playing. I heard the guys talking about it in the locker room. So, I know they’ve been playing very good.”"
Antetokounmpo isn’t completely out of the loop, revealing that he knew what happened during the Boston Celtics-Brooklyn Nets postseason rematch from a season ago:
"“I know they swept Brooklyn. Right? They swept Brooklyn? I know they’re a very good team. Great young players. Players that can score the ball, they play hard defensively. It’s going to be a nice series. We’ve gotta do it as a team.”"
Antetokounmpo certainly understands that this will be an extremely tough assignment for he and his Bucks as they visit Boston on Sunday without Khris Middleton. The Robin to Giannis’ Batman will be missing the whole series, forcing other role players to step up and allowing the Celtics hone in on the back-to-back MVP (2019, 2020) all series.