Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo admitted that he wasn't honest when he said a couple of months ago that he didn't have access to a hoop while under quarantine with his family. Antetokounmpo, who was having another outstanding season before the league was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, just wanted to gain a bit of an edge on his peers.
"Anybody out there that thought I didn't have access to a gym, they don't even know me," Antetokounmpo said, as quoted on ESPN. "So, I just said that to try to get a little bit ahead of the competition."
Antetokounmpo and Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James are the leading two candidates for the NBA MVP award but the Bucks swingman says he is more focused on helping his team win it all this year. "To be honest with you, I really haven't thought about it.
I saw it a couple days ago, that it ended. I tried not to focus on the MVP talks -- who's the MVP and all that. My goal is to get better each day to help my team win games and everything is going to take care of itself," Antetokounmpo said.
"That's what happened last year. I was locked in and winning games and helping my teammates, and it took care of itself. So, that was my main focus. Now, I know it's going to be a lot of people out there talking about the MVP, but that's not my main focus," Antetokounmpo claimed.
"My main focus is to get better, win games, help my team play good basketball and go and try to win the big trophy. The last time we did that was '71, so that's my main focus right now."
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer tipped Antetokounmpo to win the NBA MVP award
Antetokounmpo claimed his first NBA MVP award last year and his coach absolutely believes the 25-year-old has done enough to win back-to-back NBA MVP awards.
The NBA announced that the award winner will be named based on the performance before the NBA was suspended. "I had no idea that that was the case, but it makes sense. I think it was 64, 65, 66 games for different teams, so that's certainly a significant body of work, and more importantly, certainly, Giannis, in our minds, has done more than enough to deserve a back-to-back MVP," Budenholzer said several days ago, as quoted on ESPN.