Giannis Antetokounmpo had some huge praise for LeBron James that caused a stir within the NBA community.
While speaking to Marca Basket, Giannis says he’s in awe of LeBron’s longevity in his career and said that the Lakers superstar is “still the best player in the world” at year 18.
“It’s interesting to me how LeBron is still [in] one of the best shapes [of] his life and being the best player in the world and still being in year 18,” he told Marca Basket. “Like, that’s really interesting. I want to know how he does that. He’s been consistent for 18 years. He’s always there. He’s always showing up. That’s unbelievable.
“He obviously gets credit, but I think we’ve got to give him more credit. Doing it for 18 years guys, that’s hard. And hopefully, hopefully I can be there. Hopefully, I can do this for 18 years, 20 years. That’s the goal.”
Some fans didn’t believe Giannis, while others praised him for showing respect to one of his rivals.
I love the humility of Giannis and always remembering to pay respect to the greats https://t.co/2ZH6oz3GjJ
— Richard Aller (@RichardAller2) August 11, 2022
generational liar bro has a new goat everyday 😭 https://t.co/Vo8a9eybg2
— Jrue🦇 (@JrueBurnerAcct) August 11, 2022
Being humble, I get it, but that ship has sailed.. https://t.co/bhCkiKmizE
— . (@amtheedon) August 11, 2022
Lying >>> https://t.co/nDCTi97xy3
— Glassface (@Glassfacers) August 11, 2022
Year 19 still avg more points than ya fav player n there PRIME still a top 3 player today🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/Hqcr1jKyVs
— HOT💫🌎 (@thereakinge_) August 11, 2022
Lying to keep the peace is the Nigerian way https://t.co/HlwfVMhgyj
— Chase da Silva (@FlyoutChase) August 11, 2022
Real recognize real https://t.co/KepSPeytG4
— . (@QMccomas) August 11, 2022
Like I always say it’s CRAZY what they say on tv and what fans say compared to FORMER MVPS AND CURRENT TOP PLAYERS IN THE NBA say lol https://t.co/aWbDQhs0vB
— 4 The Nation (@Lakerfan2483223) August 11, 2022
People have prompted Giannis on this topic so many times and his answer is always pretty consistent. He’s a legitimately humble dude. To think he’s being fake shows you’re not from Milwaukee and not watching the games and other interviews https://t.co/GM9n2BBcOV
— jake (@jszaniawski) August 11, 2022