During the 2018 NBA offseason, several NBA superstars and young players were seen having workouts together in preparation for the 2018-19 NBA season. Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo was one of the NBA players who got the opportunity play with Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, whom he considered as one of the greatest players to ever play the game.
Aside from Kobe Bryant, Giannis Antetokounmpo also received invitations to do offseason training with active superstars like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. However, the 24-year-old power forward decided to reject the offers as he did in the previous offseasons. According to an article published by Eric Nehm of the Athletic on Friday (h/t Bleacher Report), Antetokounmpo said it "feels weird" working out with superstars who he will be needing to play against in the next couple of months.
"I can't work out with you in the summer and then play you in a few months," Antetokounmpo said.
"It feels weird. It doesn't feel right with me. Like other players, it's cool for other players, but I don't. I don't want to. Other guys do it."
"I feel like with LeBron and KD [Kevin Durant], KD did that to LeBron," Antetokounmpo said.
"Take a lot of his thoughts and use it against him. And that's what I don't want guys doing to me."