45 Motivational Quotes From NBA Player Giannis Antetokounmpo

Player name: Giannis Antetokounmpo, NBA player

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a Greek-Nigerian professional basketball player. Giannis Antetokounmpo was born in Athens, Greece on December 6, 1994. On April 28, 2013, Antetokounmpo was formally declared eligible for the 2013 NBA Draft. The Milwaukee Bucks selected him 15th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.

He started his professional career by signing up to play for the junior squad of the Filathlitikos B.C., a Greek professional basketball club. Giannis also became the first and only Greek NBA All-Star player to start an All-Star game.

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  1. You get what you work for, not what you wish for. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  2. Instead of thinking that we lost something, we can gain and learn in order for us to put ourselves in a position to win another championship. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  3. No skills. No talent. Only self belief and hard work. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  4. Can’t predict the future, but I know — one thing that I do whatever I can today to be the best player that I can be today. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  5. I’m literally obsessed with basketball. I dream basketball. Every single night. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  6. No matter whatever you feel when you’re down, when you don’t think it’s going to happen for you or you might not make it in your career — might be basketball, might be anything — just believe in what you’re doing and keep working. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  7. Don’t let nobody tell you what you can be and what you cannot do. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  8. Eight years ago, eight and a half years ago, when I came to the league, I didn’t know where my next meal will come from. My mom was selling stuff in the street. Now I’m here sitting at the top of the top. I’m extremely blessed. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  9. I started playing basketball just to help my family. Tried to get them out of the struggle, the challenges we were facing when we were kids. But I never thought I’m going to be 26 years old, with my team playing the NBA Finals. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  10. You got to be in the present. You have to be in the present. Once that present comes, you’ll know what it takes to be successful. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  11. Sometimes when you are down 0-1 or down 0-2, whatever the case might be, you don’t really care about that. You care about how can you get one, how can you get a second one. Then you kind of build momentum and good things happen. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  12. When you talk about the past, that’s your ego talking. It’s in the past, over with. I got to move on. I got to keep making winning plays. I got to keep competing. I got to keep finding ways to help my team be great. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  13. When I focus on the future, it’s my pride. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  14. Once you’re living in the present and you’re enjoying the specific moment, you get to enjoy that moment to the fullest. Once you start thinking about the future, what’s going to happen, you’re kind of losing in between. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  15. How bad do you want it? How bad do you really want it? And just leave-the-game-swinging kind of mentality. Try to be aggressive. Try to get stops. Try to set screens. Do everything physically possible to put yourself in a position to win this game. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  16. If you enjoy the game and you compete, it puts you in a position to be successful. If you put yourself in a position to be successful, you help the team to be in a position to be successful. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  17. You’re out there, just play the game. Do whatever you can. Leave it out there on the floor and no matter what the outcome is, you just leave it there. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  18. You know, everything happens for a reason in life. God always puts you in the position you’re supposed to be put in and that’s what I believe. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  19. At the end of the day you’ve always got to find the positive things in everything that you go through in order for you to move forward. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  20. At the end of the day in order for you to keep getting better, you have to face some adversity. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  21. At the end of the day, you don’t know what you’re going to expect. You cannot predict the future. But in any situation we are in, we’ve got to find a way to win the game, win the game and find a solution to be better, play better and do it together. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  22. You’ve got to compete. You’ve got to put your body on the line. You’ve got to box out. You’ve got to believe in your physicality. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  23. Once you start having joy and you don’t worry about the outcome of the game, everything takes care of itself. I believe fear and fun cannot go together. It’s either one or the other. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  24. My team played great and I was able to just win it and to have the trophy with the name of Kobe Bryant, it’s amazing, and I know he would be happy. Yeah, I know he’d be happy. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  25. You’ve got to come out and earn every game. At the end of the day, you have an opportunity, you’ve got to take it. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  26. Keep working hard. If you’re disciplined and you believe in yourself, you’re going to make it to the league. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  27. Keep working hard. Always follow your dreams. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  28. Try to learn something every day.  And in the day when the practice ends, when you leave the practice, just ask yourself, what did I learn today? And that’s going to take it to the next level. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  29. Sometimes you want something so bad you don’t get it. But at the end of the day, if you really, really put your mind and your focus in everything on it, eventually it’s going to happen. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  30. What I’ve come to understand is that you must continue being the same person. If you begin to change, that’s when you can lose it. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  31. My family and I, when we had nothing, we learned to survive on the streets. Then we adapted when we went to the NBA, and now we are adapting to where we are right now. We adjust, yet our principles remain the same. Sure, there are some all-time high moments, as well as some low moments. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  32. Failure is not the opposite of success, it’s a part of success. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  33. Seeing my parents struggle everyday and working hard for me and my brothers just to provide food on our table. I had to do whatever it takes. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  34. Whatever I try to do, I always try to give it my best and try to be a killer, because at the end of the day, if you don’t work hard, you are not going to get food on your table. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  35. My mindset is to keep working hard, focus on my game and to continue making my team better. We are trying to get as many wins as possible. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  36. All dreams can become true, if you work hard, if you believe and you do not give up. There will be bad days also, but if you believe, you will succeed. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  37. Just shoot. Shoot all day. Try to make as many shots as you can. If you practice, they will go in. It can only get better. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  38. I’m just trying to do what I’ve been doing since day one, which is get better, be humble, help my teammates be great. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  39. I think the most important thing is [to] get better. Whenever I have a chance to go out there, I just play with an edge. That’s pretty much it. When you do that, I think everything takes care of itself. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  40. Growing up, he [Kobe Bryant] was my idol. Not just my idol, probably the whole generation, a lot of people my age. For us, he was the Michael Jordan of our generation. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  41. I’m going to stay hungry and chase my dreams, and I’m always going to chase my goals because that’s what my family wants me to do, and that’s what people that know me want me to do. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  42. There were times when we were poor, we didn’t have money, but we never did not have love. There was no shortage in that, and we were always together. Those are the memories that I remember and that’s why I always want to be better. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  43. It starts with my family. That drives me every day, just seeing them smiling.” ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  44. Just growing up and going through life and how tough life was for me and my family, I’m always going to stay humble. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo

  45. If I had to go back to my roots, what I remember is those who helped me and helped my family for me to be in this position. There was a lot of people during my way to the NBA, from the time I started basketball. That’s one of the parts that I keep inside me. ‒ Giannis Antetokounmpo



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