Antetokounmpo does not focus on the MVP and aims to “win the trophy” with the Bucks

Antetokounmpo does not focus on the MVP and aims to "win the trophy" with the Bucks

Last season’s MVP is excited about the restart of the campaign in Orlando from July 30.

Giannis Antetokounmpo insists that his main focus is on improving his game and achieving the title of the NBA with Milwaukee Bucks, instead of earning more individual awards.

The 25-year-old was named the Most Valuable Player last season, which led to him earning this recognition for the Bucks since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1974.

In this sense, the Greek is in the race to achieve this award again, especially after it was announced that the actions of the 2019/20 campaign prior to the paralysis due to the pandemic will be taken into account. What happens since July 30 at the NBA restart in Orlando will be another story.

“I know there will be a lot of talk about the MVP award. That is not my main focus,” said the power forward when asked about the statements of his first opponent, LeBron James, who had stated that “I demonstrated everything I am capable of. do”.

Along the same lines and in a more collective tone, the Athens-born commented: “I have to improve, win games, help my team play good basketball, try to win the great trophy … The last time we did it it was in 1971 “.

Antetokounmpo averaged 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game before the league was postponed in March due to the crisis caused by COVID-19.

Looking to relaunch the NBA, the Bucks player was confident he was in good shape after leaving behind a knee injury. “What I want to do is basically try to get in shape, no matter how long I play. If I play 10 minutes, 15 minutes, the whole game. I’m going to go as hard as I can because eventually when the season starts again and the play-offs, that’s what I have to do. As long as I’m on the court, I’m going to go as hard as I can, “he said.

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