The Milwaukee Bucks have had a brutal two weeks. The No. 1 seed waltzed into the playoffs with championship aspirations and fell miserably short, losing in just five games to the lowest seed Miami Heat. Two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo had to sit for two games due to a back injury and played well short of 100% in the final two.

The series was a bummer for Milwaukee, and it's no wonder Giannis was disappointed heading into his postgame interviews. But even at his most upset, the Bucks' star held tremendous perspective when asked a question that revealed why he, at his core, plays the game.

"Do you view this season as a failure?" The Athletic's Eric Nehm asked.

While Giannis at first put his head in his hands, exasperated at the question, he composed himself for this tremendous response.

Here's a transcription of what Giannis said

"You asked me the same question last year, Eric. Do you get a promotion every year for your job? No, right? So every year you work is a failure? Yes or no? No.

"Every year you work, you work towards something. There is a goal, which is to get a promotion, take care of your family, provide a house for them, or take care of your parents. You work towards a goal. It's not a failure. It's a stepstool to success.

"I don't want to make it personal. There's always steps to it. Michael Jordan played 15 years and won six championships. The other nine seasons were failures? That's what you're telling me? I'm asking you a question. So why are you asking me that question? It's the wrong question. There's no failure in sports. There's good days, bad days. Some days you're able to be successful, some days you're not. Some days it's your turn, some days it's not your turn. That's what sports are about. You don't always win. Some other team is gonna win. This year, somebody else is gonna win.

"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 with playing bad basketball. Hopefully we can win a championship.

"Fifty years from 1971 to 2021, we didn't win a championship. It was 50 years of failure? No it was not. It was steps to it. We're able to win one, hopefully we can win another one.

"Sorry, I didn't want to make it personal. Because you asked me the same question last year, and last year, I wasn't in the right mindspace to answer the question."

This is a wonderful take and one everyone in every profession should remember.


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