The Greek Freak is one of the most criticized players in the league right now after an early exit in the second round of the Eastern Conference semifinals match against the Miami Heat. The media has been talking that he should take his talent elsewhere if he wants to win. He wins the MVP last season and could possibly another one this year again. But his critics highly doubt his capability to carry a team on top.
Rival will try to lure him away from Milwaukee Bucks and convince him to play elsewhere. Of course, some people will debate about where is the best way for Antetokoumnpo to win. That rumors will pressure the franchise to make major moves.
Almost two decades ago, one of the greatest players Tim Duncan is in the same position as Giannis Antetokoumnpo. The Spurs lost to Los Angeles Lakers in a back to back season in 2001 and 2002 which the Lakers completed a three-peat. But Tim Duncan never loses his cool, even he got old teammates. Spurs had veterans in 2003 named David Robinson 37, Kevin Willis 40, Steve Kerr 37, Steve Smith 33, and Danny Ferry is 36. Stephen Jackson is good but unproven, Tony Parker had a year experience but far from Tony Parker that we’ve been seen. Manu Ginobili is still a rookie at that time.
The Spurs aren’t a favorite to win that season as pundits love to watch another epic battle of the Kings against the champion Lakers. But Tim Duncan wins another MVP season and led the Spurs to a top seed. He provides big numbers in the playoffs while veterans show leadership. Tim Duncan proved his doubters wrong, he got the greatest title run in his career. The Big Fundamental trust his teammates and coaching staff that they earned a lot of winning in more than one decade. The Spurs never missed the postseason and win three more titles. With that patience, some of the franchises look for Spurs as the model to be successful. They hired Spurs assistant coaches and some front-office jobs to start the ” Spurs Way” on their own organization.
Giannis Antetokoumnpo is still young with some good great players. Kris Middleton is an All-Star while Brook Lopez is a magnificent piece they need to anchor the defense. Both guys can score on their own that help Giannis. Like Duncan, he should feel comfortable with his guys even in a low moment. Success has never been work overnight. The team also got young guys like Donte DiVincenzo who played well in Antetokoumnpo’s place. They just have pieces that they can trade to improve.
For Giannis Antetokoumnpo he needs to look at Duncan as a guy nobody else.