Shakira and Jennifer Lopez got good reviews for their Super Bowl halftime show. Giannis Antetokounmpo was one of many who approved.
The Milwaukee Bucks star sent a tweet after the performance, suggesting that his girlfriend Mariah Riddlesprigger might not have approved of his reaction to the performances. His commentary quickly went viral, racking up over 50,000 likes within 20 minutes.
Halftime show almost got me in trouble
— Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) February 3, 2020
Antetokounmpo has a great sense of humor that he’s not afraid of showing. This is no exception. Plus, his reaction to the halftime show probably mirrors that of a lot of people who also got in trouble.
Wifey: (with a side eye) Why are you watching the halftime show so hard?
Me: Oh I was seeing if Ja Rule was gonna come on as her guest
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) February 3, 2020
Still thinking about this Halftime Show
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) February 3, 2020
Giannis Antetokounmpo will be a team captain for the NBA All-Star Game, and Milwaukee Bucks teammate Khris Middleton will also be part of the festivities. However, in Antetokounmpo’s mind, that’s not good enough for the team with the NBA’s best record.
Antetokounmpo cited Eric Bledsoe and Brook Lopez as other players who he felt deserved All-Star nods and suggested that the NBA still does not respect the Bucks enough.
“I want to be honest. I feel like at times that we don’t get as much respect and it’s OK, we haven’t earned anything, at the end of the day,” Antetokounmpo said Friday, via Eric Woodyard of ESPN. “I think [Eric Bledsoe] should’ve made the team. We have a great team. We have guys that don’t play a lot of minutes.
“Bled could average 20-25 points if we actually played a lot of minutes but we didn’t. He’s sacrificed also, a lot for this team and is one of our leaders,” he continued. “Not just Bled, and Brook [Lopez] also. I wanted Bled to be on the team, the whole team wanted Bled to be on the team because he’s definitely deserving, but this team is unselfish.”
Antetokounmpo undermines his own point here. Perhaps Bledsoe could have huge numbers if he played more, but he doesn’t. He averages 26.3 minutes per game and scores 15.5 points per game in that span. Those aren’t All-Star numbers. Neither are Lopez’s 10.1 points per game in 26.4 minutes per night.
The Bucks are great because guys like Bledsoe and Lopez accept these roles and contribute immensely. That does not make them All-Stars. It makes them an exceptional and well-rounded team. The lack of All-Star selections doesn’t necessarily mean they’re being disrespected, especially when Giannis isn’t the only member of the team to make it. There are other players who should be far more aggrieved by their All-Star snub than anyone from the Bucks who didn’t make it.
The entire basketball community continues to reel from the death of Kobe Bryant.
Milwaukee Bucks star and reigning MVP winner Giannis Antetokounmpo deactivated his social media accounts in the wake of Sunday’s horrific news. Links to his verified Twitter and Instagram accounts returned error messages as of Sunday evening.
The 25-year-old Antetokounmpo had a very close relationship with Bryant, working out with the late Los Angeles Lakers star during summers past. Bryant also famously issued ambitious challenges to Antetokounmpo on social media, at least one of which he ultimately fulfilled.
It’s not hard to figure that Antetokounmpo may have gone dark on social media in order to dedicate his entire focus to the sport of basketball — something that Kobe, a champion of the Mamba Mentality, would have appreciated.
The four-time All-Star Antetokounmpo also unexpectedly lost his father Charles in 2017, making Bryant’s passing another devastating blow for him.
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LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers got beat by the Milwaukee Bucks 111-104 on Thursday night in a big game between the top two teams in the league by record. After the defeat, the Lakers gave praise to Giannis Antetokounmpo, recognizing how well the reigning MVP played in the win.
LeBron was asked about Antetokounmpo making a career-high five three-pointers in the win and how difficult he is to defend when he’s making those shots. James’ response was to tip his hat to Giannis.
When asked how Giannis Antetokounmpo's 3-point shooting affected the defense, LeBron James simply made a gesture, tipping an invisible cap: "You know what that means? OK."
— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) December 20, 2019
LeBron "tips his hat" to Giannis' career-high 5 threes. pic.twitter.com/CJOC3meSd1
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 20, 2019
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel also admitted Giannis was “too much” for the team.
Frank Vogel about Giannis: “He was too much for us tonight.”
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) December 20, 2019
Giannis is so tough to defend that you actually want him taking three-pointers against you, since he is only making 32.1 percent of them this season. But when he makes 5 of 8 attempts, you have to just give him credit. Giannis had 34 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists in the win. He also crowned himself the king.
Lakers fans, show everyone who runs LA with this great T-shirt:
Giannis Antetokounmpo and his Milwaukee Bucks got the best of LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night, and The Greek Freak wanted to make sure everyone knew that.
Antetokounmpo has increased his three-point shooting this season and is now attempting more than five per game. On Thursday, he made a career-high five threes as his Bucks won 111-104.
After the fifth three, which came in the fourth quarter, Giannis pretended to put a crown on his head:
5 3PM FOR GIANNIS
— NBA (@NBA) December 20, 2019
That seemed to be Antetokounmpo’s way of saying to King James that there is a new king, which probably won’t go over with LeBron.
Giannis is currently looking like a favorite to repeat as NBA MVP. The Bucks and Lakers have the two best records in the league.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was frustrated with his team’s performance during the first half of Sunday’s game and took it out on a blockade.
The Milwaukee Bucks went into the locker room trailing the Oklahoma City Thunder 56-50 at halftime. It seems that half of play didn’t sit well with the Bucks star, who reportedly kicked a hole in this sign at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Well…apparently Giannis was a little frustrated with how the first half went. He just kicked a hole in this thing in the hallway. pic.twitter.com/h35Vol7Fo3
— Gabe Ikard (@GabeIkard) November 11, 2019
Perhaps the frustration felt by Antetokounmpo reverberated throughout Milwaukee’s locker room, because they came out and outscored the Thunder 37-24 in the third quarter.
This sort of thing is nothing unusual, as we’ve seen plenty of other star athletes do it in the past. The important thing is to avoid injury while blowing off steam — and to buy a replacement item, which we’re guessing the Bucks will do.
Giannis Antetokounmpo offered a hilarious quote on Monday night about a crooked rim in his Milwaukee Bucks’ game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.
The start of the game at Target Center was delayed by nearly an hour due to a crooked rim that was noticed before tipoff. Antetokounmpo was asked after the game whether he had noticed the crooked rim and offered a humorous response.
Asked Giannis if he noticed the crooked rim during warmups.
"I was making shots, so I was happy. And then once they said the rim is crooked, I was like, 'Oh. Yeah. That's why I was making a lot of shots.'"
— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) November 5, 2019
Of course, Giannis is just joking. He went 14/19 with 34 points, 15 rebounds and six assists in the Bucks’ 134-106 win. He’s shooting 61.1 percent from the field this season. Not making shots would be more of a surprise the way he is going than making them.