Bucks’ Mike Budenholzer claims Giannis Antetokounmpo’s winning mentality is on ‘another level’
Per Michael Grange of Rogers Sportsnet, Budenholzer — who’s been in the NBA since 1996 — the Greek Freak’s mentality is different other players in the league:
‘He’s all about winning … most guys in our league are, but he takes it to another level’ — Bud on Giannis.
— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) May 15, 2019
Perhaps this is the reason for the Bucks’ success this year so far. In their first year together as player-coach, they led the Bucks to a 60-win season — the best record in the entire league.
Now, they’re in the Eastern Conference Finals facing the Toronto Raptors. Time will only tell how this year’s campaign will end. But it certainly is a revelatory year for Antetokounpo — the 24-year-old beast who entered the NBA in 2013 as a skinny yet eager kid full of potential.
Antetokounmpo’s athleticism, power, and superior vision has elevated him among the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard among others. He’s now considered one of the elites in the world of basketball.
But like all the aforementioned, Antetokounmpo doesn’t just have the athletic prowess to boot. Just as Budenholzer said, the Greek Freak’s mentality is a far cry from the rest of the league.
And this may just elevate him and the Bucks to different heights.