Last Wednesday (12), during an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Giannis Antetokounmpo revealed that he thought about retiring from basketball in 2020 because of pressure his mental health was shaken. During this period, the player signed the biggest contract in NBA history for five years with the Wisconsin team.
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“In 2020, I was… ready to step out of the game. Everyone – no matter where I am – everyone is watching me. Go through it, for you to be the best you have to play like the best. You have to practice with the best. You have to behave like the best. Which is not easy”, said the basketball star.
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The athlete said that in the same year, with the defeats of the Milwaukee Bucks, his mental health was deteriorating as he tried to prepare for the next seasons: “I feel that many people deal with it, but are not willing to talk. They are not willing to improve because that stigma is behind it. ‘You talk about it, then you are soft, you are weak’; this is a sport, you have to be tough. You have to fight everything”.
“Someone helped put me in a place, again, to appreciate all the things I have that come from being who I am. “Being okay with myself. To – no matter what the outcome of the game is – understand that I can’t control this. I can only control my effort. How hard I work. How I make people feel around me. As I try to hopefully inspire people with what I do”, finished the player.
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