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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

Giannis Antetokounmpo

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

Giannis Antetokounmpo

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

Giannis Antetokounmpo

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.

Giannis Antetokounmpo deactivates social media in wake of Kobe Bryant’s passing

Giannis Antetokounmpo

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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Tributes to Kobe:
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Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant
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Phil Jackson calls Kobe Bryant ‘a chosen one’ in statement on his death
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues statement on death of Kobe Bryant
Video: Dwyane Wade posts emotional message reacting to Kobe Bryant’s death
Kendrick Perkins extends olive branch to Kevin Durant after Kobe Bryant’s death
Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death
Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences

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Giannis Antetokounmpo ‘too much’ for LeBron James, Lakers

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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.

Lakers head coach Frank Vogel also admitted Giannis was “too much” for the team.

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:

Video: Giannis Antetokounmpo puts on crown after scoring against King James’ team

Giannis Antetokounmpo crown

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:

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.