Matt Barnes shares encouraging message for Giannis Antetokounmpo
After stringing together one of the best regular seasons in NBA history, the Milwaukee Bucks ended their 2019 playoff campaign in disappointing fashion. Surely, no one is more dismayed than their young superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Former player and NBA champion Matt Barnes offered an encouraging message for the Greek Freak when he appeared on Undisputed on FS1.
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Repost from @undisputedonfs1 using @RepostRegramApp – "@giannis_an34 is a star on the way to being a superstar. This is growing pains. This is what @kingjames went through when the @detroitpistons beat him up & Tim Duncan got him in the Finals. This is what Kawhi went through when LeBron got him in the Finals. He'll be better for this." — @matt_barnes9 The Future is as bright as it could be for the Greek Freak! This is part of the process🙏🏽
Giannis had a meteoric rise to stardom this past season and will likely have his coronation as league MVP when the NBA holds its awarding ceremony on June 24. However, just like how every superstar before him learned in the past, he will have some speed bumps along the way before he ultimately reaches the pinnacle.
LeBron James had to go through several years of scrutiny in his first seven years Cleveland, falling to the likes of the Boston Celtics and the Orlando Magic and even bumped into a destined Dallas Mavericks team in 2011 before winning his first NBA championship with the Miami Heat in 2012.
Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan experienced several heartbreaks against the and Celtics and Bad Boy Pistons of the late 1980’s before dominating the 1990’s with six NBA championships.
Shaquille O’neal went through a sweep in the Finals with the Orlando Magic and had several early round exits in his first few years with the Los Angeles Lakers before eventually breaking through in the early 2000’s with an unprecedented three-peat.
No question, this will be Antetokounmpo’s league when he is ultimately ready to take it over. However, as the playoffs showed, this year just isn’t his time yet.
As mentioned by Barnes, this heartbreaking exit is going to be just one of those necessary growing pains that he will have to experience to become a better player in the future.