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Giannis Antetokounmpo opens up on continuing Kobe Bryant’s legacy

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Heading into the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks was determined to lead Team Giannis to victory over Team LeBron. Giannis was competitive from start to finished with the No. 24 on his back honoring Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, but his team fell short during one of the most intense fourth quarters in All-Star Game history.

As one of many players that were impacted by Bryant, Antetokounmpo was asked about continuing the legacy of the Lakers icon. Kobe challenged Giannis to win the NBA MVP award a few years ago, and the Bucks superstar was able to accomplish that feat last season. Now Antetokounmpo wants to stay the course.

“I’m just trying to do what I’ve been doing since day one, which is get better, be humble, help my teammates be great,” Giannis said. “But at the end of the day, I think the most important thing is get better. Whenever I have a chance to go out there, I just play with an edge. That’s pretty much it. When you do that, I think everything takes care of itself.”

Antetokounmpo seems to have embraced Kobe’s “Mamba Mentality” as he’s improved a part of his game every single while having a relentless desire to win every time he steps on the hardwood. The superstar forward currently has the Bucks dominating the competition with the best record in the NBA at 46-8.

If the Bucks can keep playing at this insanely high level with Antetokounmpo in the running for a second consecutive MVP award, Milwaukee could very well be the team to beat heading into the playoffs. Although they fell short last year, it’ll be interesting to see if they can take a step forward this time around with Giannis wanting to win that elusive first championship ring.