Kobe Bryant says Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo is ‘just scratching the surface’
Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant has a warning for the rest of the NBA, as The Black Mamba claims Milwaukee Bucks superstar swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo is just getting started.
Antetokounmpo worked out with Bryant last summer. Whatever tips Kobe gave Giannis have obviously worked, as Antetokounmpo is the front-runner to win the 2019 MVP award.
Bryant says Antetokounmpo was taking down notes while he was talking during their summer workout, so Kobe isn’t surprised by how dominant The Greek Freak has been this season:
“Giannis came to work out with me this summer and he showed up one-and-a-half hours early,” Kobe Bryant told Frank Isola of The Athletic. “We talked for 20 minutes before we worked out and he whips out a notepad. What the … he starts taking down notes. ‘What about the footwork here? What about the coverage here?’ And he’s writing them down. After practice same thing; he sits down, and we talked for like an hour.
“We talked about coverages and defensive match-ups that gave him problems. He just sat there and took notes. And he studied and studied so I’m not surprised at what he’s doing. He just has the mentality of he’s just getting better all the time. He’s just scratching the surface.”
In 65 games this season for the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo is putting up monster numbers.
The three-time All-Star is averaging 27.5 points, 12.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game while shooting 58.0 percent from the field, 24.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free-throw line.
Giannis has led the Bucks to the best record in the NBA and, according to Kobe, is only going to get better as his career moves along.