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THROWBACK: When Giannis Antetokounmpo Refused to Train With LeBron James

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Two years ago, Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo had turned down offers to train with the likes of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in the off-season. For Antetokounmpo, it felt “weird” to train with his competitors.

“I can’t work out with you in the summer and then play you in a few months,” he told The Athletic in December 2018. “It feels weird. It doesn’t feel right with me. Like other players, it’s cool for other players, but I don’t. I don’t want to. Other guys do it.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo has a different style than LeBron James, felt Dwyane Wade
One of the reasons Giannis refused, Dwyane Wade believed, was because his playing style was different. Wade was James’ teammate for four years at Miami Heat. They were famously a part of the big three in Miami along with Chris Bosh winning two titles in their four years together. Wade believed he and LeBron changed the way one can be competitive. They did not follow Kobe Bryant‘s footprint of being competitive but brought something new.

“We (he and LeBron) changed the way of thinking on how one can be competitive. But this doesn’t fit to anybody’s playing style. You also have the “Mamba Mentality” of Kobe Bryant,” he said.

He believed Giannis was more inclined towards the “Mamba Mentality” and their style wasn’t suitable for him.

“Our style is not suitable for Kobe and it is not suitable for Giannis either. He and Kobe have the same mentality. But it worked for us, eventually,” Wade said.

Perhaps Antetokounmpo’s attitude is a lot like Bryant’s. After all, he had admired the Lakers legend all his life. When Bryant died in January earlier this year, Giannis called him “Michael Jordan” of his generation. It is not surprising, with what Bryant had achieved over his career. His attitude and work ethic was an inspiration to many. He certainly left a void when he retired from basketball in 2016.

Giannis has previously talked about how Bryant has helped him shape his career. Antetokounmpo is currently one of the best players in the league. He is also one of the favorites to win the NBA MVP award for the second consecutive season.

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‘Novak Djokovic has a big chance to get back in the Grand Slam race,’ says analyst

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The Australian Open will provide Novak Djokovic with ‘a big chance’ to get him back into the Grand Slam race, says Radmilo Armenulić.

The world number one lost ground to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros earlier this month with the Spaniard beating him in the final to win his 20th Grand Slam and draw him level with Roger Federer on the all-time list.

Djokovic, by comparison, is on 17, but he has a supreme record in Melbourne, and former Serbia Davis Cup captain Armenulić has warned against writing him off just yet.

“There are many stories that the Grand Slam will not be played in Australia, which is Novak’s great chance for a new, 18th Grand Slam title, which would completely return him to the race,” Armenulić told alo.rs.

“If the tournament still takes place, which we all hope, the least Novak will do is settle with Federer in terms of the number of weeks at the top of the ATP list.

“Nole is already warming up for such a scenario, I see that he will play in Vienna, win that tournament and calmly wait for the end of the season.

“I am sure that Novak has already recovered from the crisis, while Nadal will only be able to endanger him at the Masters in Paris.”

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