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Giannis Antetokounmpo named Warriors star Stephen Curry the best basketball player in the world on Sunday at Milwaukee Bucks Media Day. He himself did not deserve this honor, his explanation is clear.

“The best player in the world is the last man standing,” Giannis said, referring, of course, to the NBA playoffs. “The man who takes your team to the finals, takes them to the finish line and helps win the game.” I think the best player in the world is Stephen Curry.”

Giannis himself, who is at least on the short list for this honor by many observers, does not see himself in first place. He could have earned that honor in 2021 when Milwaukee won the title, but not after last season’s second-round playoff game against the Boston Celtics, the Greek said.

“I don’t know if that’s an attempt to bother me,” Curry joked at the Warriors’ Media Day, which also took place on Sunday. Answering the question about Giannis’ comments, the reigning MVP of the finals answered. “I would say the same thing about the champions, I said the same thing about him last year. I appreciate it, but I’m sure it won’t soften me up. “

Antetokounmpo seemed a little envious of the Warriors’ success. “I know that feeling now. You know what’s been taken away from you,” said the 27-year-old, who wants to attack the height again next season with the Bucks with the same core as in years past.

Milwaukee Bucks. Middleton will miss out for now

“It’s very difficult to keep a good team together,” said head coach Mike Budenholzer. “When you win, other teams want your players. I can’t tell you how happy I am that we were able to put together a very good team. We believe in this team.”

However, the Bucks will have to do without Khris Middleton early in the season. The forward won’t be available in time for the Bucks’ opener on Oct. 20 against Philadelphia after undergoing wrist surgery in July. But he gave hope for an early return. “It won’t be in the first week, but hopefully soon.”

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