Giannis Antetokounmpo plans to workout with an NBA great very soon

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - MARCH 16 (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - MARCH 16 (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images) /

For years, Milwaukee Bucks fans have clamored for Giannis Antetokounmpo to get a workout in with NBA Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon. Well, that day may finally be here.

On an episode of the 48 Minutes podcast, Antetokounmpo revealed that he plans to take a trip to Houston to workout with Olajuwon before the upcoming 2023-24 NBA season. As expected, fans were very excited to hear the news, and rightfully so. Antetokounmpo has previously worked out with greats like Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett, and Olajuwon may now be added to the list.

Giannis Antetokounmpo plans to workout with an NBA great very soon

Though he’s one of the best players in the game today, Antetokounmpo could certainly still learn a thing or two from Olajuwon. The latter was a dominant force throughout his 18-year career, as the big man won two titles and countless other awards. Known for his post moves and footwork, the center truly was something to behold back in the day.

Antetokounmpo will try to soak up some knowledge from Olajuwon and hopefully add a few more offensive moves to his arsenal ahead of next season. The Greek Freak is already a dominant force down in the paint, but this work with Olajuwon could only help him take his game to new heights. These are very exciting times.

It’s always rare when Antetokounmpo works out with other players. As he stated on the podcast, he still does not like to workout with active players, as he believes it takes some of his edge away when he faces them. He won’t be suiting up against Olajuwon anytime soon, so it’s great that he’s finally willing to take a few lessons from him.

After undergoing a knee procedure many months ago, the two-time MVP and champion has been in the gym consistently this summer as he prepares for the new season ahead, undoubtedly looking to avenge last season’s debacle. Losing to an eighth seed in the first round likely lit a huge fire under Antetokounmpo, who spent most of the series hurt.

Giannis is hungry to get back on track, and hopefully the entire roster will adopt that very same mindset heading into 2023-24.

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