Giannis Antetokounmpo BLOWS UP at reporter after question of Bucks’ ‘failure’ following playoff exit
‘Do you get a promotion every year?: Giannis Antetokounmpo BLOWS UP at reporter in passionate two-minute reply when asked if the Bucks season is a ‘failure’ following first-round exit
- Antetokounmpo took issue with the binary, narrow-lensed nature pf the question
- The Greek Freak asked if nine of Michael Jordan’s 15 seasons were also failures
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Giannis Antetokounmpo gave an impassioned, exasperated response following the Bucks’ first round playoff exit at the hands of Miami.
The Greek Freak took a reporter to task for a narrow-focused question, angling for a binary answer as to whether Milwaukee’s season was a ‘failure’ due to the shock exit of the East’s No. 1 seed.
Eric Nehm of The Athletic asked Antetokounmpo; ‘Do you view this season as a failure?’ during the postgame presser.
Antetokounmpo let out an enormous sigh and an ‘Oh my God’ before rubbing his hands on his face and through his hair.
‘You asked me the same question last year, Eric,’ Giannis said before he segued into a candid explanation, filled with rhetorical questions.
Giannis Antetokounmpo took issue with the line of questioning from The Athletic’s Eric Nehm
‘Do you get a promotion every year? No, right? So, every year you work is a failure? Yes or no? No. Every year you work, you work toward something – towards a goal – which is to get a promotion, to be able to take care of your family, to be able to provide a house for them or take care of your parents. You work toward a goal. It’s not a failure. It’s steps to success.
‘I don’t want to make it personal,’ he added before taking a brief moment to compose.
‘Michael Jordan played 15 years. Won six championships. The other nine years was a failure? That’s what you’re telling me? I’m asking you a question, yes or no?’
Ostensibly Nehm said no. ‘Exactly,’ Antetokounmpo continued. ‘So, why you ask me that question. It’s the wrong question. There’s no failure in sports. There’s good days, bad days, some days you are able to be successful, some days you are not, some days it is your turn, some days it’s not. That’s what sports is about.
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‘You don’t always win. Some other group is gonna win and this year someone else is gonna win. Simple as that. We’re gonna come back next year and try to be better, try to build good habits, try to play better… and hopefully we can win a championship.
Antetokounmpo referenced Milwaukee’s historic drought prior to its 2021 title win, rhetorically asked Nehm if those five decades were solely disasters.
‘So, 50 years from 1971 to 2021 we didn’t win a championship, it was 50 years of failure? No it was not. There were steps to it. And we were able to win one and hopefully we can win another one.
‘I’m sorry, I didn’t want to make it personal, because you asked me the same question last year.’