Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo throws away NBA crown to Kevin Durant, James Harden
There are always discussions and debates about who “the face of the NBA” is. It has fluctuated a lot lately after the crown had been on the head of LeBron James for so long. James is still in the discussion, there’s no doubt about it but others have joined the party. Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks is certainly a top candidate to hold the title but, he couldn’t care less about it.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is back in Greece: "I don't care about being the face of the NBA. KD or Harden can be. I want to be with my kids and my family, i want to win and enjoy the game. I want to be Giannis the hard worker".
— Harris Stavrou (@harris_stavrou) August 1, 2021
Winning the NBA Finals this year has unlocked a more vocal and blunt side of the “Greek Freak” that hadn’t been previously seen too often. The superstar for the Bucks has spoken a lot about a variety of topics since winning it all with Milwaukee and he’s definitely living his best life.
Him conceding the title or the possibility of it to Kevin Durant and James Harden of the Brooklyn Nets is really intriguing. Perhaps he put no thought into it but he somewhat opened up the discussion again because many would say there are players that should be ahead of Harden.
But, the Bucks’ franchise cornerstone not caring about it himself whatsoever continues his offseason theme of speaking his mind. Clearly he prioritizes other things than who people subjectively view as the face of the NBA.
The debate will always continue on and when fans are bored it’s an easy topic to dive into at any point in the year. With what he and the Bucks accomplished this year and what Antetokounmpo already has on his resume at age 26, he’s right in the discussion whether he likes it or not.