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Giannis Antetokounmpo would love to team up with brothers in ‘LA, Milwaukee, whatever’

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is currently scheduled to become a free agent following the 2020-21 season, and there has been a lot of talk about him potentially leaving the Milwaukee Bucks. The reigning NBA MVP has made it clear that loyalty is important to him, but could it be loyalty to his family that dictates Antetokounmpo’s future?

Giannis and his older brother Thanasis are currently teammates in Milwaukee. One of their younger brothers, Kostas, is under a two-way contract with the Los Angeles Lakers while their youngest brother, Alex, is an up-and-coming 18-year-old player. Giannis was asked this week what it would be like to team up with all of his brothers, and he said it would be “amazing.” He also inadvertently gave Bucks fans a scare when he said he would like to team up with his brothers in “Milwaukee, LA, whatever.”

Giannis almost certainly mentioned LA because that is where Kostas plays, but it doesn’t take much to fuel the NBA rumor mill.

Antetokounmpo has made it clear in the past that he doesn’t like talking about his contract, but he’s one of the biggest superstars in the game. The Bucks will be able to offer him a mammoth extension this summer, and it would not be a surprise if Giannis signs it and ends all the speculation about his future. While playing with all of his brothers would probably be a dream come true, it is highly unlikely to happen.

Video: Did Giannis Antetokounmpo intentionally hit James Harden with a cheap shot elbow?

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Giannis Antetokounmpo has repeatedly taken shots at James Harden, and now some are wondering whether the Greek Freak hit Harden with a cheap shot on purpose.

Video has surfaced from Sunday night’s NBA All-Star Game that shows Giannis catching Harden with an elbow under the basket.

My usual inclination would be to say it was inadvertent, or maybe just something that happened in the heat of the moment. And that may be the case. But Antetokounmpo seems to have something against Harden, and that piece of information is part of the whole picture.

The two players finished 1-2 in MVP voting last season, and Harden said he was annoyed the media gave the award to Giannis.

Fast forward to the All-Star Game, and Antetokounmpo took a shot at Harden when saying he wouldn’t pick the Rockets star for his All-Star team. Then after the game, Giannis went after Harden again, saying his strategy as captain of one of the teams was for his players to exploit Harden on defense.

Saying that Giannis took an intentional shot at Harden might be a stretch, but there is mounting evidence leading us to conclude that the Bucks star just doesn’t like Harden.

Giannis Antetokounmpo hoping new baby leads to boost in stats

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Giannis Antetokounmpo’s longtime girlfriend Mariah Riddlesprigger gave birth to the couple’s first child on Monday, and the Milwaukee Bucks star is hoping to see some benefit on the court.

Antetokounmpo will be entering a world of less sleep and a bit more chaos in his home life after the birth of his son, Liam Charles Antetokounmpo. However, he’s hoping he can make like another NBA player and see his game improve after the birth.

“Look at Fred VanVleet,” Antetokounmpo said, via Eric Woodyard of ESPN. “He started making all those shots when he had his kid. Maybe that happens to me also. Who knows?”

Antetokounmpo is referring to something he saw first-hand in last year’s playoffs. Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet went on a tear following the birth of his son after Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. After that happened, VanVleet shot 68 percent from the field and 82.4 percent from three-point range in the three games following his son’s birth as the Raptors eliminated the Bucks, and had a great quote after doing it.

The Bucks are 46-7 and don’t really appear to need the help. Imagine how much better they could be if Antetokounmpo gets some sort of post-baby bounce.

Giannis Antetokounmpo jokes about defenders flopping against him

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is using humor to vent about one of his frustrations with opposing defenses.

The Milwaukee Bucks star took to Twitter on Sunday to share a funny video of a waddling toddler making contact with the leg of an adult and dramatically falling over backwards. Antetokounmpo captioned the video by saying, “Every time I get in the paint” with a facepalm emoji.

The reigning MVP Antetokounmpo, who is averaging career-highs with 30.0 points and 13.5 rebounds per game this season for the NBA-best Bucks, is perhaps the single most devastating player going to the basket today. It has gotten to the point that opponents often do have to fish for an offensive foul as their only hope of containing him.

Antetokounmpo recently shaded one of the league’s more notorious floppers, and it is clear that he is not a fan of the practice as a whole either.

Giannis Antetokounmpo takes funny shot at James Harden

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Giannis Antetokounmpo took a funny shot at James Harden while picking his All-Star team on Thursday.

Antetokounmpo and LeBron James are the captains of the two All-Star teams that will play in the All-Star Game in Chicago on February 16. The captains drafted their respective teams on TNT Thursday, and Giannis had a funny moment when deciding between Harden, Kemba Walker and Trae Young. He said his decision was between Walker and Young and that he didn’t want Harden.

“I want somebody that’s gonna pass the ball, that’s what I want,” Antetokounmpo said, to multiple laughs.

LeBron ended up getting Harden on his team.

Harden is a ball-dominant player, but that’s also by design in Houston’s offense. Playing in the All-Star Game, things would likely be different, but it’s still funny to hear Giannis keep it real by saying that. So long as they keep Harden away from certain places on Saturday night, they should be fine.

Giannis’ team included himself, Kemba Walker, Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakam, Trae Young, Khris Middleton, Bam Adebayo, Rudy Gobert, Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Brandon Ingram and Donovan Mitchell. LeBron’s team included Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Luka Doncic, Harden, Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons, Nikola Jokic, Jayson Tatum, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Domantas Sabonis.

Giannis Antetokounmpo sends hilarious tweet about Super Bowl halftime show

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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.

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.

Giannis Antetokounmpo thinks Bucks were disrespected by All-Star selections

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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.