News World Giannis admits he had access to hoop during NBA's hiatus

Giannis admits he had access to hoop during NBA’s hiatus

Giannis Antetokounmpo drew sympathy from some quarters when he stated during the NBA’s pandemic-created shutdown that he was isolated at home without access to basketball hoop.

Turns out, the comment was a bit of gamesmanship from the Milwaukee Bucks’ star forward.

“Anybody out there that thought I didn’t have access to a gym, they don’t even know me,” Antetokounmpo said on Tuesday following the Bucks’ practice in the NBA’s “bubble” near Orlando. “So, I just said that to try to get a little bit ahead of the competition.”

Back in April, the 25-year-old Greece native said, “I don’t have access to hoop. A lot of NBA players have a court in their house or something, but now I just get home workouts. Ride the bike, treadmill, lift weights and pretty much stay sharp that way, but I don’t play basketball.”

Antetokounmpo is the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player, and he ranks among the favorites to be honored again for the 2019-2020. Voting for this season’s honor will take into account only play before the NBA halted action on March 11 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Regarding MVP balloting, Antetokounmpo said Tuesday, “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. 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.

“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.”

Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.6 points and 13.7 rebounds per game, both career highs, and both figures that rank No. 3 in the league. He also is contributing 5.8 assists per game.

The Bucks, who own the NBA’s best record, 53-12, resume play July 31 against the Boston Celtics.

Top Stories

36 new coronavirus cases detected out of 3,317 tests

The Ministry of Health has announced that 36 new cases of the SARS-CoV-II virus were detected in Cyprus over the past 24 hours out...

Emergency meeting regarding mass coronavirus cases detected in football teams to be held at Ministry of Health on Thursday

The Cypriot football scene is officially on alert. Positive coronavirus cases seem to be sprouting left, right, centre and generally multiplying before one can...

Ethnikos Achnas FC: number of now confirmed COVID-19 cases skyrockets to 17

Fears of a sharp increase in positive coronavirus cases in Ethnikos Achnas have been confirmed. As confirmed by an announcement by the team, a total...

Ethnikos Achnas FC: covid cases reportedly now in the double digits – match with Aris Lemesou postponed

Information about several positive cases of coronavirus detected in Ethnikos Achnas FC has been confirmed. The latest information indicates that the second diagnostic test the...

Additional covid measures in Larnaca in effect as of Thursday

The Government has announced new local measures concerning the coronavirus pandemic due to the outbreak observed in Larnaca the past few days. The Minister of...


Spicy grilled soutzoukakia

Place all ingredients for soutzoukakia in a bowl and mix well, preferably using a food processor, until well combined. Using the mixture, form cigar-shaped...


Pork souvlaki: Put the meat and all the other ingredients in a bowl (not metal) and mix well. Cover the bowl and keep in...

Pastelli (Carob Toffee)

The nutritional sweet of Pastelli is made with the syrup of carob pods, produced by boiling their pulp until it forms a thick, sticky...

Meatballs with tomato and cumin

Place all meatball ingredients in a bowl and knead well with hands. Keep the mixture in the fridge for approximately 1 hour to thicken. In...