Only a few players in NBA history have legendary work ethic that is unmatched throughout the years of the sport. Both Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant spring to mind. But Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo could be joining the likes of MJ and Kobe if rumors are to be believed.
The Greek Freak is one of the most entertaining players in today's league, coming in an 18 year old in the 2013 NBA draft as the 15th pick, and only averaging 6.8 points a game his rookie year, Giannis has improved in every way since entering the league, increasing his scoring, passing and rebounding averages every single season he's been in the NBA. Currently 22 years of age, Antetokounmpo is taking the NBA by storm, averaging a league-best 31.3 points per game as well as 10.6 rebounds ad 5.1 assists en route to a 4-4 record for the Bucks, and his the heavy favorite to win MVP honors at year's end.
But what has Giannis had to do to get to this point in his career? Of course some of it can be attributed to the genetic lottery, as The Greek Freak has the skillset of a point guard with the length of Mr. Fantastic, but most of it is due to his insane desire to win, according to Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated:
He storms out of the Bradley Center in full uniform, from home locker room to player parking lot, and hops into the black Explorer the local Ford dealer lent him. He turns right on North 4th Street in downtown Milwaukee, steers toward the Hoan Bridge and continues six miles south to the Catholic seminary in St. Francis, where the priests pray and the Bucks train and The Freak dispenses his rage. Alone, Antetokounmpo reenacts the game he just played, every shot he clanked and every read he missed. Sometimes, he leaves by 1 a.m. Other times, he stays until three, sweating through his white jersey for a second time. "I get so mad, and if I go right home, I'm afraid I'll never get that anger out," Antetokounmpo says. "This is how I get the anger away."
Giannis hates losing games that much that after a home loss, he won't even bother changing, heading straight for the Bucks' training facility and working out until the early hours of the morning until he has calmed himself. If you've heard some of the stories revolving around Kobe's work ethic, this one could rival some of them.
Despite Antetokounmpo's impressive play this year, he's had to head back to the training facility at least three times so far, with losses coming to the Cavs, Celtics and Thunder while at home. Hopefully for Bucks fans however, these losses will only fuel Giannis, and lead him to put up even nastier statlines for the rest of the season in hopes of making the playoffs for a second straight year.