Giannis Antetokounmpo successfully won the title of best player alias Most Valuable Player (MVP) NBA 2018-2019. The award is very valuable to him. However, Antetokounmpo was actually willing to exchange the MVP title with the 2019 World Cup gold medal.
The phrase came from Antetokounmpo’s own mouth. He considered that the World Cup was more valuable than the MVP title. So he wants to deliver his team to the highest podium in the international championship.
“I am willing to exchange the MVP title with a gold medal in China,” Antetokounmpo said.
Antetokounmpo happens to be defending Greece at the World Cup. He decided to defend the country when another NBA player resigned. Especially the United States players. Julius Randle, forward of the New York Knicks, for example, became the last American player to resign. He was joined by several famous names, such as: Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, and James Harden.
According to the official website of the World Cup, with its participation, Antetokounmpo means it will become the first NBA MVP to directly participate in the international championship. Its presence is at the same time an attraction itself for FIBA. Because, recently Antetokounmo was able to attract the attention of many people throughout the world.
In 2018-2019, the Greek player managed to attract the attention of NBA fans. Antetokounmpo gets the most votes in the 2019 All-Star election in the Eastern Region. So he has the right to be a captain and lead the Giannis Team in interstellar war.
In the same season, Antetokounmpo managed to deliver the Milwaukee Bucks to the top of the Eastern Conference standings. They qualified for the playoffs with a record 60-22. The Bucks then advanced to the Regional Final, but were toppled by the Toronto Raptors.
Antetokounmpo was forced to end his journey at that time. It’s just that, his determination for the champion never goes out. He even wanted to bring that spirit to the World Cup. Especially considering its potential as the main face of Greece.
“That is why I feel special when playing with the national team,” said Antetokounmpo again. “When the national anthem reverberates before the match, the feeling is difficult to describe. When entering the first ball, the first game, it was an amazing experience. I feel proud. The feeling of winning with the national team is incredible, and I have said before that I will always be part of the team, as long as I am as healthy as this summer. “
The World Cup itself will begin at the end of August to September. Greece is in Group F with New Zealand, Brazil and Montenegro. They will play for the first time on September 1st. At that time Greece must meet Montenegro. (put)