Giannis lectures A Journo on Success and Failure in Sports using Jordan
"There's no failure in sports..."
Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks superstar, responded to a journalist who asked if the team’s 2022-2023 season was a failure after their first-round playoff exit to the Miami Heat.
The Greak-Freak used the Michael Jordan analogy to argue that there is no such thing as failure in sports, and every year is a stepping stone toward success.
Giannis made it clear that every year, athletes work towards a goal, which is not necessarily winning a championship. Sometimes, bad days and losses happen, but they are part of the journey toward achieving success.
He reminded the journalist that Michael Jordan played 15 years, and won six championships, but did not consider his other nine years in the league a failure.
“Oh my God,” said Giannis.
“Oh Okay, because I’m not. You asked me the same question last year. Eric. Okay. Do you get, do you get the promotion every year? On your job? No. Right.
“So every year you work is a failure? Yes or No? No. Every, every year you work, you work towards something towards a goal, right, which is to get a promotion, to be able to take care of your family, to be able to I don’t know, provide the house for them or take care of your parents you work towards a goal is not a failure is Steps to Success.
“You know, and if you’ve never, I don’t want, I don’t make it personal. So there’s always steps to it. You know, Michael Jordan played 15 years, one six Championship, the other nine years was a failure. That’s what you’re telling me? No matter your question, yes or no? Okay, exactly. So why you asked me that question. It’s an old question.
“There’s no failure in sports. You know, there’s good days, bad days, some days, some days you are able to be successful, so that you’re not, Sunday’s is your turn. So it is not your turn. And that’s what sports about you don’t always mean, some other other people’s gonna win. And these years, somebody else is gonna win. Similar as that we’re gonna come back next year, try to be better try to build good habits, try to play better not have a 10 day stretch without playing bad basketball.
“You know, and hopefully we can win a championship. So 50 years from now, the 71 the 2021 that we didn’t win a championship. It was 50 years of failures. No, it was not. You will steps to it, you know, and we were able to win one. Hopefully we’ve given another one. You know, I’m sorry that I didn’t want to make it personal. Because she asked me the same question last year and last year. I was in the in the right mind space to answer the question back, but I remember it.”