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Gilbert Arenas knocks Giannis Antetokounmpo: “He doesn’t understand basketball”

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is considered one of the best players in the NBA. Some argue that the two-time league MVP is the best player in the world.

That is not what former NBA star Gilbert Arenas thinks. At least that what can be concluded from his conversation with the Lakers assistant coach Phil Handy.

While Arenas did not name Giannis, the way he described the player that he talked about implies it was the Bucks star. According to Agent Zero, the Greek Freak is not even close to being the best player in the league.

“There is a true gap. I talk to people about that all the time. There’s elite but then there’s another level of elite in our league of what players look like,” Handy said.

“What’s so is the media tries to shorten [the gap],” Arenas said. “They try to shorten this gap, like, ‘He’s the best player in the league.’ Not even close! Just stop it.

“This gap is so big, but you are always trying to replace the next person by putting him in. I can look at his game and say he doesn’t understand basketball. He plays the sport. He won a championship. Cool!

“He doesn’t understand how to be great, how to be great, how to train his body. I’m looking at the stats ‘Oh, he’s playing 32 minutes, 34 minutes…’ I’m sorry, but to be here you have to train your body to at least 38 minutes of above. LeBron played 37 minutes at 37. Iverson was playing 43 minutes.”

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This past season Antetokounmpo averaged 29.9 points, 11.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 32.9 minutes per game.

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