Kristian Winfield: Kevin Durant: “We definitely want Kyrie Irving on the floor, and he’s a huge part of what we do, but it’s not happening.” Says nobody is sitting on the court and “hoping Kyrie comes to save us.” #Nets
August 11, 2022 | 1:20 pm EDT Update
Giannis Antetokounmpo still plays the game and lives life with child-like joy. Yet the calendar doesn’t lie, this season will be 10 years in the league. “I’m an old soul, Antetokounmpo told NBC Sports. “Like, in my mind I feel like I’ve been a vet five years now. But like my body… I have so much energy. I’m so hungry to accomplish more. I want to go out there and help you know my team in the best way possible. And a lot of people know that I’m a winner. I love to win. I love to go out there and leave everything on the court. But definitely I agree with you that people don’t think I’ve been 10 years in the league and they see me as kind of the young guy. You know the new guy on the block but it’s okay, you know, but at the end of the day, I won’t go out there and do the best job possible and try to win games.”
In that decade Antetokounmpo has changed and evolved, especially physically. Antetokounmpo is not the scrawny kid who got pushed around when he entered the NBA, now he is a physical force like few others in the Association. “I definitely feel different,” Antetokounmpo said. “When I was 18 I was eating cheeseburgers and drinking Mountain Dews and, you know, sodas, but as you as you grow older, you realize that you want to have a long life and a healthy life. And I definitely take care of my body as much as I can. I invest in myself. The best investment you can do is in yourself, to invest in yourself.”
Playing with that child-like mindset and joy is something Kobe Bryant talked to him about when Antetokounmpo worked out with the legend. “I really am not one of those persons to, you know, kind of share our conversation. But yeah, he talked a little bit about it. You know, just being a kid. Always be curious. Always ask questions,” Antetokounmpo said. “Always trying to improve and he did that until he was 38 years old and even after basketball he was trying to always improve.”
Houston Rockets star Jalen Green arrived in Manila on Wednesday to reconnect with his Filipino roots. The Filipino-American guard is making his first visit to the country as an NBA player after he was drafted second overall by the Rockets in last year’s rookie draft.
Adidas Philippines said its 20-year-old global ambassador will get an ultimate Filipino experience through local culture, street lifestyle, and grassroots sports. This promotional tour will be centered on making Green “experience a different and more authentic side of the Philippines.”
This August, the NBA will launch the NBA Gallery, a multi-media exhibition that will focus on the American league’s relationship with Australia and pop culture at large. The NBA Gallery will be an immersive experience, featuring work from some of the country’s most exciting artists, working in a multitude of mediums in order to show Australia’s rich history and connection with the league.
August 11, 2022 | 1:05 pm EDT Update
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is in awe of the fact that Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James is still performing at an incredibly high level. James reportedly spends 1.5 million dollars per year to ensure that his body is in tip-top shape, which is something that Giannis made reference to. “It’s interesting to me how LeBron is still one of the best shapes in his life and being the best player in the world and still being in year 18,” Antetokounmpo said. “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.