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Warriors Stephen Curry reacts to receiving praise from Giannis Antetokounmpo

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 12: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks plays defense on Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors during the game on March 12, 2022 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California. Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images

San Francisco, CA – Sunday was Media Day for the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. It was nothing but good vibes in the building. The 2022 NBA Finals MVP, Stephen Curry even got some additional positive vibes sent his way. Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo decided to shower Curry with praise by calling him the best player in the world.

Curry responds to the praise

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It isn’t unusual for superstars to praise each other for their accomplishments. However, when asked about Antetokounmpo’s compliment, Curry admitted to doing the same in the past.

“I would say the same thing when you’re facing the champions,” Curry told Sideline Sources. “That’s part of like the nature of the league. We all want to win the championship, and when you look at the team that’s the last team standing and who was playing the best, I was thinking the same thing about him (Antetokounmpo) last year, coming off their run.”

Whenever star athletes openly praise others, many wonder how genuine the compliment truthfully is. Being friendly could be a tactic to soften up a player. If that is the case, Curry isn’t falling for it.

“I appreciate the compliment,” Curry said. “It’s not going to soften me up to get complacent at all. But you do appreciate the respect of your peers to say stuff like that, and I’ve been in the situation where I’m complimenting guys around the league a lot as well.”

The Warriors will attempt to repeat as champions in the 2022-23 season. However, one team that could wind up being in the way of that goal is Antetokounmpo’s Bucks, who are serious contenders in the Eastern Conference. If the two squads met in the Finals, it would be a very tough series, and any edge you can get on your opponent is necessary.

Is Antetokounmpo trying to work on that advantage in September, or is everything he said about Curry genuine? We will never know, but we do know that Curry will make sure he and his team are prepared and ready for everything that’s coming.

The Warriors first meeting against the Bucks will be on December 13th in Milwaukee.

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