The words released by Giannis Antetokounmpo in the press conference after the defeat suffered by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the NBA playoffs went around the world. The number 34 Greek of the Bucks answered a rather provocative question in an exemplary way.
He said: "Failing season? You asked me the same question last year, Eric. Do you happen to get a promotion every year at your job? I don't think so, so you consider your job a failure whenever that doesn't happen? I'd say no .
You are committed to other achievements, to take care of your family, buy a house and many other things. It is not a failure, but it is a necessary step to try to win."
Naomi Osaka: "Antetokounmpo's speech changed my life"
The Greek also mentioned one of the greatest figures in the history of sports, namely the legend Michael Jordan, to send a clear message.
"Michael Jordan was 15 years in the NBA, he won six titles: the other nine years was a failure by chance? Are you really telling me this? Why are you asking me this question? You have to understand that in sport there is no logic of failure.
There are good days and bad days, sometimes you win and sometimes you don't. There are moments when you realize it's your turn and others you have to step aside: it's the basic logic of sport, you can't always win." Many athletes have published the response of the Greek basketball player on their social profiles. Novak Djokovic, for example, virtually applauded Antetokounmpo.
Naomi Osaka's comment, in particular, has had a lot of appeal on the web. The Japanese player wrote: "This is probably the most comforting perspective I've ever heard. I think it has changed my life." Osaka announced that she was pregnant a few months ago and explained that she will return to the court directly next season with the aim of returning to the top of the WTA ranking and winning the most important tournaments on the WTA Tour.
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