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Video: James Harden is so sick of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s free throw routine

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James Harden has had absolutely enough with Giannis Antetokounmpo’s free throw routine.

Antetokounmpo has a lengthy routine before attempting free throws. He likes to stare at the basket, take a few deep breaths, and practice his stroke before getting the ball to attempt a shot.

During Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals series on Thursday between the Nets and Bucks in Milwaukee, Harden could not keep his frustration to himself.

Midway through the first quarter, Harden seemed frustrated.

Then later in the first quarter, Harden threw his hands up because he had had enough.

Even some fans were counting aloud over how long Giannis was taking. Players are only supposed to have 10 seconds to attempt a free throw.

Antetokounmpo is pretty widely liked among fans, but the free throw stuff might just force some to turn on him.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has ultimate compliment for Kevin Durant

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Giannis Antetokounmpo’s team did not fare well on Tuesday night, but at least the former NBA MVP was able to appreciate some greatness he witnessed.

Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Brooklyn Nets 114-108 in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. Kevin Durant scored 49 points with 17 rebounds and 10 assists and carried his Nets to victory. One particular shot by Durant blew fans away.

After the game, Antetokounmpo paid Durant the ultimate compliment, calling him the best player in the world.

It must be difficult to admit that, but Giannis did. How many other superstars would say it about an opponent?

Antetokounmpo is going to have to step up his game in order for his Bucks to come back and win the series. They trail 3-2. Maybe that is why Giannis is ready to take on a new challenge in Game 6 on Thursday.

CJ McCollum criticizes Giannis Antetokounmpo for not guarding Kevin Durant

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Kevin Durant dominated the Milwaukee Bucks for 49 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists in a 114-108 win in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series on Tuesday night. Late in the game as he kept racking up big buckets, some wondered a reasonable question: why wasn’t Giannis Antetokounmpo guarding KD?

Antetokounmpo was the Defensive Player of the Year last season and is a four-time All-Defensive team player. Shouldn’t he be defending the opposing team’s best player in key moments like at the end of the game?

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum pointed that out on Twitter. “Easy$” is a reference to Durant, whose Instagram handle is “EasyMoneySniper.”

It took Durant going for 49 for the Nets to win. And it took the Bucks being unable to convert offensively for Milwaukee to lose. So Giannis not being on Durant wasn’t the reason the Bucks lost. But, yes, that’s probably a challenge Antetokounmpo should be accepting at times. He sounds like he will want it in Game 6:

That’s nice, but does any of it even matter if Durant is doing this?

Giannis Antetokounmpo almost teamed up with Luka Doncic in Dallas?

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The Dallas Mavericks apparently came close to getting the infinity gauntlet.

ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported this week that rival executives were fearful that Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo would team up with Luka Doncic in Dallas. But Antetokounmpo ended up signing a supermax extension with Milwaukee, effectively putting those fears to rest.

Antetokounmpo and Doncic are arguably the two top NBA stars of their generation. Not much is known about their relationship with each other. But the Mavs did previously have Antetokounmpo’s younger brother Kostas on their team in what many saw as a play for Giannis.

The two-time MVP Antetokounmpo is now committed to the Bucks through 2025 per his new supermax contract. As for Doncic, he is currently set to become a restricted free agent next offseason. But Doncic is eligible for a big extension this offseason. In the meantime, Doncic may be looking for another co-star.

NBA tells Nets to stop with Giannis Antetokounmpo free throw tactic

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is straight up not having a good time at the free-throw line against the Brooklyn Nets. But now the league could be making things a little bit easier for him going forward.

Anthony Puccio of Front Office Sports reported on Tuesday that the NBA has asked the Nets to stop with a certain tactic when the Milwaukee Bucks star is shooting his free throws. The team has been putting up a stopwatch on the Jumbotron to call out any ten-second violations on Antetokounmpo’s part. Puccio says the league has asked Brooklyn to take down the stopwatch.

The reigning back-to-back MVP Antetokounmpo has really struggled from the line through the first two games of the series. He has gone an abysmal 2-for-10. A career 71.7 percent foul shooter, Antetokounmpo was famously whistled for a ten-second violation in a key playoff moment last month.

Of course, free throws are only one aspect of the game. Unfortunately for the Bucks, they are also getting throttled by the Nets in every other area, having lost the first two games of the series by a combined 47 points. The next two games will be played in Milwaukee. If the Bucks don’t get their act together, Antetokounmpo will not even get a chance to take advantage of a stopwatch-less Brooklyn arena.

Kevin Durant unloads on ESPN’s Jay Williams over Giannis story

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Kevin Durant has once again heard something about himself in the media that he did not appreciate, and you knew the Brooklyn Nets star was not going to ignore it.

ESPN’s Jay Williams recalled on “Get Up!” Tuesday morning the time he once compared Durant to Giannis Antetokounmpo by saying Giannis is like a combination of Durant and Anthony Davis. Williams said Durant caught wind of the analysis and reamed him out over it at a holiday party.

Durant claims that never happened. The 11-time All-Star blasted Williams on social media and said Williams fabricated the story.

“Mans will do anything to advance their careers in this media s—, wanting to be accepted by an industry that will dispose of you whenever they please,” Durant wrote on Twitter (edited by LBS for profanity). “Keep me out all that corny a– talk about whos better and legacy and all that dumb a– s—. I don’t even talk like that.”

Durant also responded to the clip on Instagram.

“This is a f—in lie. Jay Williams can NEVER speak for me, ever…” Durant wrote, via Hoop Central.

It seems unlikely that Williams would make up a story like that, so perhaps Durant never wanted it to get out. Williams used the supposed interaction with Durant to illustrate why he believes K.D. will have extra motivation in Brooklyn’s playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks.

For better or worse, Durant is more active on social media than most athletes. We were reminded of that recently when he appeared to threaten a former NBA player who called out Kyrie Irving. The fact that he went after Williams is hardly a surprise.

Giannis Antetokounmpo delivers savage quote about Heat after sweep

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It’s safe to say that the Milwaukee Bucks were happy to dispatch the Miami Heat as quickly as they did, and nobody enjoyed it more than Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Antetokounmpo delivered a triple-double with 20 points, 15 assists, and 12 rebounds as the Bucks won 120-103 to sweep the Heat. In his postgame interview with TNT, Giannis delivered a savage quote about finishing off Miami, noting that the Bucks did not want to “play with our food.”

Absolutely brutal, but you can’t blame Giannis for enjoying this. Heat fans spent a lot of the two games in Miami taunting him over this Game 1 oddity, so he’s more than entitled to the last laugh.

Between that and the Heat ending Milwaukee’s season last year, this one obviously meant a lot to the Bucks. That was evident from their social media accounts, too.

Giannis Antetokounmpo won’t change free throw routine after unusual call

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo got hit with a very unusual call late in Saturday’s playoff game against the Miami Heat, but he doesn’t intend to change anything because of it.

With 1:06 left in regulation and the Bucks leading by a point, Antetokounmpo was whistled for the rarely-enforced 10-second time violation while attempting a free throw. The call shocked the Bucks and left them wondering how such a rule could suddenly be enforced with one minute left in regulation in a playoff game.

After the game, Giannis admitted he had probably received a warning about the length of time it took him to attempt free throws. He did add that he doesn’t have any intention of changing things up in light of the violation, though.

The Bucks ended up winning in overtime, so the call didn’t ultimately play any role in costing Milwaukee a playoff game. Antetokounmpo has had lots of free throw issues this season that persisted in this one, as he went just 6-for-13 at the line in Game 1. He might have ended up missing that one anyway.

Dwight Howard was irked by Giannis Antetokounmpo’s celebration

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One former Defensive Player of the Year has an issue with the reigning Defensive Player of the Year.

The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday by a 109-105 final score. Late in overtime, Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo hit a jumper to cap a decisive 7-0 run and proceeded to emphatically sit down on the Sixers court.

Antetokounmpo flexed further by tweeting out a picture of the celebration after the game.

Sixers center Dwight Howard expressed displeasure about Antetokounmpo’s antics. He even dropped a Steve Austin reference to emphasize his point.

“I wanted to go Stone Cold Stunner him, but I had already got one tech,” said Howard, per John Hughes of NBC Sports Philly. “He wants to have fun, but we will see these guys again.”

Antetokounmpo might have been going for a bit of overdue revenge here. After all, Sixers star Joel Embiid is known for similar capers and has even targeted the Bucks specifically in the past.

But Embiid is currently out with a knee injury, leaving Howard to play some extended minutes in his place. The Sixers face the Bucks two more times this season. They could foreseeably meet in the playoffs as well as two of the best teams currently in the Eastern Conference. You can bet that Howard is looking forward to getting another shot at them.

Video: Giannis Antetokounmpo shares cute moment with son Liam

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Giannis Antetokounmpo shared a cute moment with his son Liam at the All-Star Game in Atlanta on Sunday.

Liam was on the court at State Farm Arena before the game. Giannis dribbled the ball around and then gave it to his son, who bounced it back to him.

Giannis’ son just turned one year old.

“This is the first time he’s come to watch me play in the All-Star Game,” Antetokounmpo said of his son.

Giannis won All-Star Game MVP and dedicated it to Liam.

“This is for him. It’s just fun to have family around,” Giannis said.

Antetokounmpo set a record in the game by going 16/16 from the field. Having his son there as a special member of the audience may have motivated him to play his best.