Milwaukee: Antetokounmpo shouldn’t have played in the Finals

Guillaume MARION, Media365: published on Tuesday September 28, 2021 at 7.20 p.m.

NBA champion last July with the Milwaukee Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo, the MVP of the Finals, recently confided that he was injured and should not have played then.

To win the coveted title of champion in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo gritted his teeth. Indeed, hit in the left knee during Game 4 of the Conference Finals against the Atlanta Hawks, the « Greek Freak » finally played the NBA Finals to everyone’s surprise. However, the latter said he was still injured.  » I shouldn’t have been on the pitch during the Finals. I was injured for Game 1. I was praying. We lost. In Game 2, I score 40 points and we lose again. I was shitting on it, I was scared after scoring 40 points and losing. Then it was just a matter of defending our ground. Then my teammates reacted, the team reacted, Jrue (Holiday) was everywhere “, Said in particular the double MVP of the regular season (2019 and 2020), who turned against the Phoenix Suns in 35.2 points, 13.2 rebounds, 5 assists and 1.8 against average in the Finals.

« I want to see if we can do it all together »

“The key was to deal with my fear, my anxiety. I was talking to a sports psychologist every day, he helped me stay myself. The free throws were a mental issue and I want to continue like that next season. I want to see if we can still win the title. I want to see if we can do it again, me, my teammates, the owners. Everyone, subsequently recognized Antetokounmpo, questioned on the subject by Cosmote TV. (…) If you work hard, don’t drink, don’t smoke, do what you have to do for eight or nine years, you are ready to face some bad luck. I was in great pain. I’m still in pain … Yesterday was the first difficult training I had since Game 6 (of the Finals). I’m still in pain, but it’s going to be okay. « Therefore, the Greek should be logically saved at the start of the season by the Bucks, who will aim for the » repeat « this year, namely to keep their title.

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