Shaquille O’Neal is making it official: Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo is the new ‘Superman.’
While appearing on “The Big Podcast With Shaq,” the former Los Angeles Lakers star confirmed that he is giving the nickname to Giannis because the Bucks forward is already better than him at the age of 24.
O’Neal then went on to praise The Greek Freak for being a humble and hardworking player, saying that he earned his respect and admiration.
“He’s better and that’s why I gave up my Superman title to him” O’Neal said.
“But you know what? He works hard, he’s a humble kid and works hard. He doesn’t just come and show up and expect people to say: ‘Oh, he’s the next one’. This kid actually works and he’s earned it. He’s deserved it and he’s earned my respect so I’m giving it to him. To answer all the questions: ‘You’re right, the kid is better than me at 24.”
Shaquille O’Neal already called Giannis Antetokounmpo ‘Superman’ back in November, and the Bucks star has only proven that he deserves that nickname.
On the season, Giannis is averaging 27.4 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. He is also shooting 57.7 percent from the field and 72.9 percent from the free-throw line.
Antetokounmpo is the leading candidate for the MVP award this season, something which Shaq has won once (1999-00) in his career. O’Neal took the honor when he was 27 years old, so Giannis taking it at such a young age would surely make the Hall of Famer proud.