Giannis Antetokounmpo: 3 things the MVP can learn from The Last Dance

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 01: (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo
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Killer mentality

Much like Muhammad Ali in boxing, or Tiger Woods in golf, there’s a strong case to be made that what set Michael Jordan apart from the competition most of all was his mindset.

Jordan was essentially wired differently, even when compared to most elite athletes. He speaks openly about what was essentially his win at all costs attitude, and the documentary has certainly offered up plenty of looks at his killer mentality already.

That comes from the cool-blooded and ruthless streak that Jordan possessed to make legendary plays at all-important moments, but also in how he held his teammates accountable not just with his words, but with his actions.

It may be a step too far for Giannis to berate and belittle his teammates as Jordan frequently did, and an unnecessary one, but he already sets an example in terms of work ethic and standards, and should continue to build on that.

Having idolized the late Kobe Bryant, who in turn modeled himself on Jordan, Giannis certainly isn’t without elements of the Mamba Mentality in his approach. As he’s grown in stature and confidence, more and more of it has come to the fore too.

The Last Dance should be a reminder not to shy away from that, too. It’s okay for Giannis to know he’s the best player on the planet, and to carry himself as such when he steps on the court. If anything, it’s an important step in continuing to shape himself as a leader.