"Probably the most refreshing perspective I've heard": Osaka calls Antetokounmpo's perspective life changing

Naomi Osaka commented on Giannis Antetokounmpo's reflection on success and failure in sports.

The basketball player who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks responded to an NBA reporter when asked about his team's loss to the Miami Heat. The Bucks entered the Eastern Conference playoffs as the top seed and the Heat entered as the eighth seed, so the reporter wanted to know if it could be considered a failure:

“You asked me the same question last year, Eric,

Okay. Do you get a promotion every year on your job? No, right, so every year you work is a failure? Yes or no? No. Every year you work, you work towards something. Towards a goal, right? Which is to get a promotion, to be able to take care of your family,” the 28-year-old athlete said.

“It’s not a failure, it’s steps to success. Michael Jordan played 15 years, won six championships, the other nine years, was it failure? That’s what you’re telling me? It’s a wrong question. There is no failure in sports. There’s good days, bad days. Some days you’re able to be successful, some days you’re not,” he added.

Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka commented on the basketball player's reflection in her Instagram stories:

“This is probably the most refreshing perspective I’ve heard. I think it changed my life, lol.”

Naomi Osaka has been out of the tour since the 2022 Australian Open, first due to mental health reasons and currently due to her pregnancy. Osaka announced that after giving birth, she will start working to return to the tour and compete in the 2024 Australian Open, seeking to increase her success in Grand Slams.

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