Giannis Antetokounmpo steps down from the Milwaukee Bucks as the top player. He crowns his new duo partner, Damian Lillard, instead. The amount of confidence and trust the former MVP has in the shooter is astounding. After the game against the Philadelphia 76ers, who were missing James Harden, it’s clear his trust is not misplaced.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Steps Down So Lillard Can Shine
The humility of the duo is highlighted in an interview with NBA on TNT. They both praise one another while acknowledging that the road ahead will be challenging.
This is especially true against the other finals contenders currently in the NBA.
The interview starts with both saying they wanted to be teammates. Lillard said on record a few months ago that the Greek forward was his pick as the ideal teammate.
“You know it’s on record saying if I had to play with one person, I’d play with him.”
“You always think in your head, ‘Oh, man. I could fit well with this guy.’ I’m happy with what he brings to the table.”
The NBA champ feels so comfortable with Lillard that he even labels the team as his. This shows the humility of the All-Star forward as he welcomes another All-Star caliber player onto the roster.
“Whatever you want me to do, I’ll do. I’m about winning, I’m about sacrifice, I’m about putting the work in. I believe in him. Basically, I might be here but this is his team.”
The team change is taking time for the former Portland Trail Blazer to adapt. However, it’s not stopping him from keeping his eyes on the ring. Even the two-time MVP chimes in by claiming it’s always their dream to get championships.
Both All-Stars want to leave a legacy that people will talk about in the following decades.
“It’s what we dreamed of our whole life. You know, being in the last man standing and lifting up the trophy. When they speak the game of basketball, they have to mention your name, you force them to mention your name.”
It’s Dame Time
Recently, they clinched out a win against the Sixers. This win would not have been possible without Lillard’s contribution.
Firstly, he broke the Bucks’ record for the highest score in their first game debut. It used to be Terry Cummings, who scored 34 in 1984. Now, Lillard has it with 39 points. Secondly, he also helped with eight rebounds and four assists. Furthermore, he shot 17 for 17 from the free-throw line.