Giannis Antetokounmpo hit out at a journalist after being requested in a press convention whether or not he would label Milwaukee Bucks‘ season as a failure.
The Bucks completed prime of the NBA‘s Japanese Convention with a 58-24 report, however they had been eradicated within the first spherical of the playoffs by the hands of Miami Warmth.
“You requested me the identical query final 12 months, Eric,” Giannis mentioned.
“Okay. Do you get a promotion yearly? In your job, no proper, so yearly you’re employed is a failure? Sure or no? No. Yearly you’re employed, you’re employed in the direction of one thing. In direction of a purpose, proper?
“Which is to get a promotion, to have the ability to maintain your loved ones… It is not a failure, it is steps to success… Michael Jordan performed 15 years, gained six championships, the opposite 9 years, was it failure?”
The Greek star was assured that his staff will bounce again subsequent 12 months and compete for the title once more, stressing that these will not be failures however “steps in the direction of success.”
“, I am sorry,” Giannis added.
“I did not imply to make it private with you. You requested me the identical factor final 12 months and final 12 months I wasn’t in the proper mindset to reply you.”
For the sixth time in NBA playoff historical past, the eighth seed of a convention (Miami) managed to remove the highest seed (Milwaukee). It had not occurred since 2012, when the Philadelphia 76ers knocked out the Chicago Bulls.
Giannis recorded 38 factors and 20 rebounds (14-of-27 capturing, 10-of-23 from the road) for the Bucks, who squandered a +16 lead within the fourth quarter and ended up shedding 128-126 in time beyond regulation.