We are a day away from probably the most eagerly-anticipated game of the season – the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks. In honor of that game, Bucks’ star Giannis Antetokounmpo paid tribute to LeBron James’ “insane” career.
Antetokounmpo has been playing amazingly this season, averaging 31.7 points per game while propelling Milwaukee to the top of the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 24 wins and four losses. What he couldn’t believe was LeBron’s stats at the age of 35. The Los Angeles Lakers star has been averaging 25.9 points and a league-leading 10.6 assists per game in what is his 17th season. When talking about this, Antetokounmpo told reporters:
“It’s insane to see what he’s is able to do, but he’s LeBron James, he’s different. He’s an alien. You expect it from him, but it’s crazy.”
He went on to say that LeBron is an inspiration for his own playing career.
“Obviously, for me, that’s one of my goals to be able to play at a high level for the next 10 years. But he’s about to turn 35 this month and he’s moving like that, playing like that, and just playing smart.”
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer meanwhile said he had seen no sign of LeBron falling behind at any time in the near future:
“He just keeps doing it year after year after year. I’m very impressed. It’s great to be a part of what he’s done for this league for so long. You just don’t see the drop-off. What James has done in our league is phenomenal. He’s just a very, very special player, so anytime you get to play against him — and now Anthony Davis is very similar and they’ve got great fits, great players around them. The thing we often talk about when you play a really good team is how you get tested and how you learn more about yourself. That’s the way I look at it and we’re excited about the opportunity.”
Make sure to tune in and watch these two teams go up against each other!