Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer has attempted to talk Giannis Antetokounmpo into sitting out a game or staying away from the team's practice facility for a day in order to preserve the superstar for a potential championship run.
But the concept of taking a day off just doesn't sit right with Antetokounmpo.
"If I don’t get my work in, I don’t feel good," Antetokounmpo told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes. "Like Michael Jordan said, hard work eliminates fear. If you don't harvest your technique, you don't feel good. You're not getting a rhythm."
While the reigning NBA MVP has yet to be held out of a matchup this season, Antetokounmpo's playing time has remained consistent since Budenholzer was hired ahead of the 2018-19 season.
The 24-year-old is averaging 32.7 minutes - an approximate three-to-four minute decrease from Budenholzer's predecessor Jason Kidd - over the past year and change.
"Giannis is so competitive," Budenholzer said. "He wants to be on the court all the time. But I think after a year together and fairly early in the season last year, he started to appreciate just how important his body is and how important his health is.
"There’s a big picture and we want to be playing deep into the playoffs and we need him to be fresh and healthy. For the most part, he's done a nice job at trusting the coaching staff and we'll hopefully put him in great positions to be great when he plays and give him a little bit of time off to take care of himself."
Antetokounmpo has opened the 2019-20 campaign on a torrid pace, becoming the first player in NBA history with 200 points, 100 rebounds, and 50 assists over the first eight games of a season, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
He's averaging 29.0 points, 14.3 boards, 7.6 assists, and 1.6 blocks.
Milwaukee sits second in the Eastern Conference with a 6-2 record.