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Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Twitter hacked to say he is going to Warriors

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Giannis Antetokounmpo was an All-Defensive First Teamer last season, but he obviously needs to do a better job of defending his social media accounts.

The Milwaukee Bucks star and reigning MVP saw his Twitter get hacked on Thursday with a message claiming he was going to the Golden State Warriors.

Both Antetokounmpo’s agent Alex Saratsis and his younger brother Kostas confirmed that The Greek Freak had indeed fallen victim to hackers.

The 25-year-old Antetokounmpo, who has over 1 million followers on Twitter, also saw other inappropriate and racist messages posted to his account as part of the hack. The offending tweets have since been deleted.

Antetokounmpo will become a free agent in 2021 with Golden State gaining buzz as a potential suitor if he decides to leave the Bucks. Whoever hacked the four-time All-Star’s Twitter page certainly knew the stir that they would cause by posting about him going to the Warriors.

Giannis Antetokounmpo pays James Harden a big compliment despite feud

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Giannis Antetokounmpo has been tasked with defending some of the most explosive players in the NBA, and you may be surprised to learn which opponent he considers the most challenging to cover.

Antetokounmpo and his girlfriend Mariah Riddlesprigger held a Q&A on Instagram live this week, and one fan asked who is the hardest player to guard in the NBA. Giannis thought for a while before giving the honor to Harden.

There’s no denying Harden is one of the best scorers in the NBA, but we’ll probably never know whether or not Giannis was being sarcastic. The two players have had somewhat of an ongoing feud over the past year, so Antetokounmpo may have just been messing with his nemesis.

When Antetokounmpo was picking his All-Star Game roster on live TV, he had a funny moment while deciding between Harden, Kemba Walker and Trae Young. The Greek Freak said he didn’t want to pick Harden because he’d rather have a teammate who is going to pass. Harden was later asked about the remark during an interview and responded by taking a shot at Giannis. Giannis also threw an elbow at Harden during the All-Star Game that may or may not have been inadvertent.

Harden is averaging 34.4 points per game this season, so Giannis probably isn’t the only player who would say Harden is the toughest person in the NBA to guard. It is somewhat surprising, however, that The Greek Freak is giving the Houston Rockets star the satisfaction.

Video: Giannis has great reaction to girlfriend saying she used to be Lakers fan

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Giannis Antetokounmpo and his girlfriend Mariah Riddlesprigger held a Q&A on social media Wednesday night designed to give fans an opportunity to learn things about them, but it was actually the Milwaukee Bucks star who made the most shocking discovery.

Antetokounmpo read a question from one Instagram follower who asked Riddlesprigger which NBA team she likes the most aside from the Bucks. Riddlesprigger casually answered that she was a Los Angeles Lakers fan growing up, and Giannis had a hilarious reaction.

Giannis and Mariah recently had a baby together, so it’s hard to believe Giannis didn’t know that bit of information about the mother of his child. He may have just been playing it up for his fans, but he did an excellent job of that if so.

Riddlesprigger is from Fresno, Calif., so it’s no surprise she grew up rooting for the Lakers. We highly doubt the former Rice University volleyball star will feel conflicted if the Bucks and Lakers meet in the NBA Finals, but some of the rumors we have heard about Giannis’ free agency may now take on new life.

Video: Giannis Antetokounmpo’s girlfriend shows NBA star playing guitar during shutdown

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is spending part of his time during the NBA shutdown strumming the guitar.

Antetokounmpo’s girlfriend Mariah Riddlesprigger shared a video on Twitter that shows the NBA’s leading MVP candidate playing on his guitar. Giannis sounds like he is doing his best impression of Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water.”

The NBA’s shutdown to combat the coronavirus is expected to last at least 30 days. At this pace, The Greek Freak will probably be able to play the guitar solo from “Tom Sawyer” by the time the league resumes.

Antetokounmpo has already pledged a $100,000 donation to help pay expenses for the Milwaukee Bucks’ gameday arena staff.

Giannis Antetokounmpo will follow Kevin Love’s lead with $100K donation to arena staff

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The coronavirus outbreak is having a major economic impact on millions of families across the world, and NBA superstars are doing what they can to ease some of that burden for arena workers.

On Thursday, Kevin Love announced that he is donating $100,000 to help Cleveland Cavaliers employees who may not be able to take home a paycheck while the NBA season is suspended. Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo said Friday that he will do the same for game day workers at Fiserv Forum.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said he expects the NBA season to continue at some point rather than being canceled, but it is impossible to say when that might happen. Hourly workers could be out of a job for a month or more, and that can obviously be a major burden for the average family.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban immediately spoke about the need for putting together a program to take care of arena workers when the NBA season was suspended on Thursday, and we fully expect other team owners and players to step up and provide assistance as well.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has hilarious quote about awaiting results of MRI

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Giannis Antetokounmpo was fortunate to avoid a serious injury when he took a hard fall during last Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, but the incident still gave the reigning NBA MVP quite the scare.

Antetokounmpo underwent a precautionary MRI after suffering the injury, and the scan revealed a minor sprain in his left knee. A reporter asked the Milwaukee Bucks star on Wednesday if he was nervous awaiting the results of the MRI, and Giannis had a hilarious response.

“Yes. I s— my pants,” he said, per ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.

Bucks fans can certainly relate to that feeling.

Milwaukee is playing it safe with Giannis, but there has been no indication that his knee injury will linger. He’s having another outstanding season with 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game, and the Bucks entered Wednesday with a 6.5-game lead over the Toronto Raptors for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. There’s no need for them to rush their most important player back before he’s 100 percent healthy.

The Bucks may have more at stake than just an NBA title in the playoffs, which is why they will likely make sure Giannis is 100 percent healthy before he returns.

Giannis Antetokounmpo to miss at least two games with ‘minor’ knee injury

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Giannis Antetokounmpo took a hard fall during Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, but fortunately the reigning NBA MVP avoided a serious injury.

Antetokounmpo underwent a precautionary MRI after Milwaukee’s loss to the Lakers, and the Bucks announced on Sunday that the scan revealed a “minor joint capsule sprain of the left knee.” Giannis will miss the remaining two games of the Bucks’ road trip and be reevaluated after that.

Giannis is having another outstanding season with 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game. The Bucks have an 8.5-game lead over the Toronto Raptors for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, so there is no incentive for them to risk anything even if Antetokounmpo’s injury is minor.

The Bucks may have more at stake than just an NBA title in the playoffs, which is why they will likely make sure Giannis is 100 percent healthy before he returns.