Giannis Antetokounmpo Avoids ‘a Lot of Relationships’ With NBA Rivals

by March 28, 2019

Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn’t want “a lot of relationships” with his NBA opponents.

Antetokounmpo, citing famously anti-social legends such as Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Michael Jordan, says he doesn’t want anything possibly holding him back on the floor.

The Greek Freak is hell-bent on maintaining his competitive edge, friendships be damned.


“I don’t know, was Kobe ever close with his [opponents],” Antetokounmpo said.

“Was Kevin Garnett ever close with the guys he played against? Was Jordan?

“I think it’s just being competitive. If I know I’m going to play against them and I’m going to see them in the playoffs or see them for many more years to come, I try to stay away and not build a lot of relationships, because I know that when I get on the court I’m going to go 100 percent. Maybe if I have a good relationship with somebody he might expect me to go 50 percent or take it easy on him. I don’t want anything holding me back out there and play.”

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