In news that should send a deathly cold shiver down the spine of anyone attempting to flourish in the NBA, Giannis Antetokounmpo has requested a summer workout with LeBron James, and The King has accepted.
Antetokounmpo, the 6-foot-11, 222-pound Milwaukee Bucks point guard—a guy who could probably dunk the ball from the 3-point line if he really wanted to—is the perfect personification of the position-less NBA athlete. He earned the nicknamed the “Greek Freak” because he does incredible things with his body, from running the length of the court in two steps to jamming breathtaking dunks from places humans shouldn’t be able to dunk.
In just his third year in the NBA, Antetokounmpo is averaging almost 17 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while shooting 50 percent from the field. He has become the face of a Bucks franchise during its rise to relevance.
After the Cleveland Cavaliers blew his team out of the building on Wednesday night, Antetokounmpo made known his strong desire to work out with LeBron James, another player who knows what it’s like to have a body and skill set that allow him to thrive at any position.
“If I had the chance, the opportunity to work with him, of course I would,” Antetokounmpo told cleveland.com. “You’d have to work with him. He’s one of the best players in the world. One summer working out with LeBron, you can learn a lot. It would help you moving forward. He’s a player that can do everything on the court, and that’s what I’m trying to do also.”
After watching Antetokounmpo drop 22 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists on the Cavs, and hearing his comments, James jumped at the opportunity.
“Absolutely [Giannis and I can get together],” James said. “Y’all know I got an open-door policy.”
A 21-year-old walking triple-double working out with one of the greatest players in NBA history? Get ready to fear the deer very, very soon.