Giannis Antetokounmpo put up so many numbers on Saturday the NBA YouTube channel robbed him of six points. The correct line should read 35 points, 9 rebounds, 7 blocks and 7 assists for the Greek Freak. A David Robinson and AK-47ish line that had teammate Malcolm Brogdon comparing Giannis to a couple of NBA greats.
“He’s one of those Kobe Bryant, LeBron James-type players,” Said Brogdon, who had a triple-double in the win. “Playing with a guy like that makes it a little bit easier.”
Giannis even said he felt like one of those greats when asked about the praise from his rookie teammate.
“Let me tell you something. That jumper I hit in the second quarter, I felt like Kobe on that one,” Antetokounmpo said, smiling. “But it’s great to (have) your teammates compare you to the greats. I think I’m not there yet, but I’m going to work as hard as I can.”
It sounds like Giannis is taking his role model’s advice from earlier in the year.
“I said listen man, it’s just a choice you’re going to have to make. If you want to be that great player, then you’re going to have to make certain sacrifices and go after it.” Bryant said. “He has the potential to do it. He has the physical tools, the intelligence. Now it’s just a matter of believing in himself and going after it. He has the talent to be a great player.
“Times going to go by fast. You know you have the potential to be a great player and the last thing you want to do is at the end of your career look back and say ‘Oh I wish I worked harder’. Because time goes by too fast, man.”