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Giannis Antetokounmpo believes Steph Curry is the best player in the NBA.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fans on social media and TV pundits can continue to debate who the best player in the NBA is. However, Giannis Antetokounmpo believes the answer to who deserves that title is straightforward.
It’s Stephen Curry calling.
Antetokounmpo explained his reasoning to reporters at the Bucks media day on Sunday.
“The best player in the world is the last man standing, the person who leads his team to the finish line and assists them in winning games and becoming champions,” Antetokounmpo said. “… From my perspective, the winner is the best… Until the next player, I believe Steph Curry is the best player in the world.”
When Antetokounmpo’s comments were shared with him later at the Warriors’ media day, Curry blushed.
“We all want to win the championship, and when you look at the last team standing and who is playing the best, I was thinking the same thing about him last year, coming off their run,” Curry said.
A fellow competitor may consider Curry to be the best player in the league, and he could win another NBA championship on opening night. But don’t think for a second that the reigning Finals MVP is relaxed about his 14th NBA season.
The Warriors’ most recent ascent to the league’s peak has only energized the 34-year-old superstar.
Curry stated, “That championship glow is real.” “It was meaningful to return there, and you embrace and appreciate it.” I like the vibe you’ve created with the new-look team built on the foundation, the guys who have been around the block.
“I’m very excited about what it means to try to defend this season, knowing there will be new challenges for everyone as a team and everyone individually.”
Curry is relishing the fact that he is one of the team’s oldest players, alongside 38-year-old Andre Iguodala, who is returning for his 19th NBA season. And Curry believes he still has plenty of gas in the tank as he looks to repeat.
Curry described himself as “fresh and prime, ready to go.”
“I feel like [I’m] still getting better in my head,” Curry said. “Trying to feed off of that [and] realize it’s a long journey.”

“We’re hoping to embark on another nine-month journey on Saturday.” And it’s thrilling. You’re fortunate to be able to play this game at the highest level, and you recognize that we still have a chance to win a couple more championships.”
Here’s what else Curry had to say at the Warriors’ media day on Sunday:
On whether there is a different motivation this season after once again proving doubters wrong:
“It’d be foolish to try to dismiss us and expect people to take you seriously.” But we also understand that there is a lot that goes into winning a championship and that it is not a guarantee every year, no matter how much of a chip on our shoulder we have. “You just accept the work and the motivation.” For me, it’s the brilliant question of where you are in your career and reestablishing what it means to be in your prime and maintaining that level of play for as long as you can. And then there’s the fact that everyone on our team is in a different situation and has to embrace whatever that is for themselves and bring their best self every day.” And as team leaders, we have to encourage that as much as possible and find chemistry with the new additions that we have and guys who will play a more significant role in our rotation from the start.”
“We have experienced a little bit of everything, which helps, because it gives me confidence that no matter what you need to do, you’ll be able to find a way to get it done and have a recharge mentally and physically to get ready for the year,” he says.
So I’m glad the season has returned because I feel restored. I only took about two weeks off and realized that, especially later in your career, you can’t really — you don’t have time to really get away from it because it’s too difficult to build back up. As a result, there is a lot of experience and collaboration on how that looks in the summers.
“The last couple years there’s been more conversations around what that looks like,” he says of how his minutes might be managed this season as he enters his 14th season. Every night, I know I can play 36 and feel great. That’s me as a rival. ” Obviously, my opinion matters, but there is trust that we will put ourselves in the best position to win and that there will be room to ebb and flow on either side of that depending on how the season goes. Coach is a very wise man who will make wise decisions.”
“There were a lot of great things,” he says of his favorite non-basketball offseason activity. Going back to Davidson was special for sure, knowing how long it had taken and celebrating not only my achievements in the classroom and as a Davidson basketball player and all that, but also Coach McKillop and his 33 years leading the program. And he’s a very humble individual. “That was a special, special time, especially coming off a championship where none of that happens without him and sending me off on my ways, the three years that I was there,” he said.
“He’s not coming back if he doesn’t think he can play and contribute, whether it’s 10 minutes, 20 minutes…,” he says of Andre Iguodala’s return. He’s not here to be a player first and a coach second. So excited to see what he can do on that front, but mentorship is obviously a big part of the presence he brings in the locker room, on the court, front office, and management. He is a sounding board for everyone and a voice of reason for everyone.” It’s the result of 19 years of him being himself. And it was a great podcast to listen to now that he’s back.”
“He didn’t say that last year,” he says of whether he believes this is the 38-year-old veteran’s final season. He was a little hazy when he returned. We were all under the impression that this was his final year. But he’s planted his flag now, which I believe is a healthy way for him to approach this year, knowing he’s giving it his all.”
“The outcome was exactly what should have happened,” he said of the Robert Sarver news. I had direct conversations with Adam Silver and got his perspective on what decisions and, I guess, mechanisms he had to intervene and bring down a punishment that was worthy of the actions that we were all responding to and representing the league as a whole and protecting the league’s integrity and the standard that we set terms of from executives, ownership, all the way down to players. “I’m glad we got to a point where hopefully the team will be up for sale sooner rather than later and we can kind of move on knowing that’s where it should be.”
“We have a really good group of young guys who are approaching it the right way and who are going to get the rewards in due time if they stick with the program and just come ready to work every day,” he says two days into camp. So, with all of our success, it’s easy to forget how we started — when I was a rookie, I had no idea what I was doing. And, of course, we now have a well-defined system that is backed up by championships and has a little more oomph. ” It’s probably overwhelming from their perspective, but just stick with the program and know you’ll be better for it, and we’ll be better as a team.”
“A good organization is going to have those talks, especially with me, Andre, Draymond, we have those conversations, knowing that every decision is meaningful in terms of us putting the best team together and keeping things moving in terms of being championship contenders every single year,” he says of looming contract negotiations involving some of his teammates.
So you want that to be the spirit of how decisions are made and, you know, we want the best chance to win every single year. And we’re proving with this squad, that’s what the results have been. So we want to keep that together for as long as we can. That is the intention.”