Giannis Antetokounmpo has strong words for Lakers’ LeBron James: “He has been consistent for 18 years”
LeBron James is one of the best players in the history of the NBA, the “King” has dominated the league for many years, and although he has been playing for 18 seasons, his level has always been high, in addition, in the teams he has been he has always competed for the title.
The Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo had many compliments for James, he even wishes he could play as many years in the NBA and always maintain his level as LeBron does.
Although the Milwaukee Bucks did not defend their title last season, many believe Giannis Antetokounmpo is now the best player in the NBA. He has a strong claim. He has won two of the last four MVP awards and has been named to six consecutive All-Star teams. He is also just one year removed from a historic NBA Finals performance that saw him win the NBA Finals MVP.
Despite all the accolades, Giannis isn’t ready to start calling himself the best player in the world. He still gives that title to LeBron and admires the superstar’s ability to play at a high level in ’18.
“It’s interesting to me how LeBron is still in one of the best shapes of his life and still being the best player in the world and he’s still in year 18,” Giannis told Marca Basket. “That’s really interesting. I want to know how he does that. He’s been consistent for 18 years. He’s always there. He’s always showing up. That’s amazing.
“He obviously gets credit, but I think we need to give him more credit. Doing it for 18 years guys, that’s hard. And hopefully, hopefully I can be there. Hopefully I can do this for 18 years, 20 years. That’s the goal.”
Giannis talks about LeBron spending a lot of money on the body
A big reason LeBron has been so good for so long is because of the work he puts in. It is well documented that he spends over $1 million a year on his body alone. His body has deteriorated a bit in recent years, but he is still in better shape than most players his age. Giannis wants to have a career similar to LeBron’s, but he doesn’t like the idea of spending that much money.
“Do you have to spend $1.5 million on your body? I don’t know if I can do that,” Giannis said. “I’m too cheap for that. I’m not kidding. It’s crazy to me, man. He’s been so consistent. It’s fun to watch. It’s definitely fun to watch.”
The Lakers have been disappointing in consecutive years, but that hasn’t been on LeBron. He averaged 30.3 points per game last season and could have won the NBA scoring title had he played a couple more games. He proved last season that he is at least in the conversation for best player in the NBA when healthy.
However, his defense is not at the level of previous years. He can still be an offensive force, but he is too old to be the All-NBA defender he has been in the past. LeBron’s reign as the NBA’s best player is likely over, but that doesn’t mean he can’t still be in the top five.