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Articles tagged: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Karl-Anthony Towns shares how much Giannis Antetokounmpo has tried to help him

Karl-Anthony Towns

There was nothing but love between Karl-Anthony Towns and Giannis Antetokounmpo after their teams played on Tuesday night.

Giannis’ Milwaukee Bucks beat Towns’ Minnesota Timberwolves 139-112 to improve to 19-13 on the season. Giannis had 37 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in the win. Towns had 26 points and 11 rebounds in Minnesota’s loss.

After the game, Antetokounmpo told reporters that he tried to show compassion to Towns after the Timberwolves big man dealt with personal tragedy over COVID-19.

Towns shared that he appreciated the efforts and gestures from Antetokounmpo. He said the two built a friendship as a result.

Not only is Towns dealing with his team being the worst in the NBA this season, but the big man has also been dealing with mental struggles this season. He’s having a rough year but has some support from others helping him out.

Giannis Antetokounmpo not worried about Bucks’ losing streak

Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Milwaukee Bucks have lost five in a row, but Giannis Antetokounmpo is not worried.

The Bucks lost 110-96 to the Raptors on Thursday night and are now 16-13. They lost three in a row on the road and then dropped consecutive games to the Raptors.

Antetokounmpo had 23 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in the loss and said afterwards that he likes the adversity.

There are a few other reasons why Giannis probably isn’t too concerned about the loss.

The team has been without Jrue Holiday the last six games due to COVID-19. He is extremely valuable on both ends of the court, so it’s no surprise the team is 1-5 without him.

With or without Holiday, Bucks fans probably won’t like hearing Antetoukounmpo be so casual about Milwaukee’s losing streak.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has high praise for Jazz

Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Utah Jazz won for the 17th time in 18 games on Friday, beating the Milwaukee Bucks to move to 21-5 on the season. The way Giannis Antetokounmpo sees it, it’s no fluke, either.

Antetokounmpo hailed the Jazz as the “best team in the West” and praised their style of play after Utah’s 129-115 win over the Bucks.

“It just looks fun. Like when I watch them play, it looks fun, it looks easy,” Antetokounmpo said, via Eric Woodyard of ESPN. “It looks simple. For sure, they look like us last year, and man, when you’re at that point and you’re playing with that confidence, you’re hard to beat for sure.”

The Bucks had the NBA’s best record last season, a mark that belongs to the Jazz now. It’s not just what Utah is doing, but how the team is doing it, as the Jazz had four players score at least 25 points in the win over Milwaukee.

The Jazz are winning praise from all over the NBA. They’re a real threat this year, if it wasn’t already obvious.

Giannis Antetokounmpo spotted on TikTok trying to buy yacht

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo is in major flex territory after signing his supermax extension with the Milwaukee Bucks.

The back-to-back reigning MVP was recently spotted on TikTok inquiring about a yacht that was for sale. Antetokounmpo used his verified account to leave a comment indicating his interest.

The 26-year-old Antetokounmpo certainly has the funds to pull off such a move. His extension agreement with Milwaukee was for five years and $228 million, which is the largest deal in NBA history. Antetokounmpo has also already made an additional $107 million in his pro career to this point.

The Greek Freak should probably proceed with some caution here though. NBA stars and fancy yachts do not always mix too well.

No, Devin Booker was not disrespecting Giannis Antetokounmpo with postgame comment

Devin Booker

A quote from Devin Booker about Giannis Antetokounmpo went viral after his Phoenix Suns beat the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, but the quote looks much worse than it is.

Antetokounmpo had 47 points in the game, but he missed a mid-range jumper at the buzzer as Milwaukee lost 125-124.

Some questioned the wisdom of Antetokounmpo taking that shot rather than a better outside shooter like his Bucks teammate, Khris Middleton.

The viral quote came after the game from Booker, who said he felt Phoenix was in good shape when Giannis pulled up from midrange.

The quote looked on the surface like Booker was disrespecting Giannis. However, the context softens things.

Booker was saying that it was Phoenix’s strategy to try and keep Giannis out of the paint and force him to an outside shot. They were successful in executing their strategy, which is why he was happy.

It’s not exactly breaking news that Antetokounmpo is a beast attacking the basket and that it’s good practice to try and keep him out of the paint. But that’s not easy to do, which is why defenses should feel happy when they are able to do it.

Giannis Antetokounmpo not a fan of NBA All-Star Game plans

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo is the latest NBA star to voice his displeasure over the league’s decision to stage an All-Star Game in March.

The Milwaukee Bucks superstar admitted that he had no excitement over the prospect of the game, and alluded to and echoed LeBron James’ criticisms of the event.

“I think every player was looking forward to those five days, seven days, whatever the days are. We’ve got to all follow the big dog,” Antetokounmpo said, via Eric Woodyard of ESPN. “The big dog says he has zero excitement and zero energy for the All-Star Game, and I’m the same way. I really right now don’t care about the All-Star Game. We cannot see our families.

“Like, I can’t worry about the All-Star Game. I want to see my family. I want to go see my little brother in Spain, I want my brother to come see me. So I’m the same way. I’ve got zero energy, zero excitement. At the end of the day, if they tell us we’re gonna show up, we’ve got to do our job. I’m always gonna do my job. I’m always showing up, showing the right example. But at the end of the day inside, deep down, I don’t want to do it. I want to get some break.”

Antetokounmpo is the latest voice to criticize the league’s plans. In addition to James’ remarks, we’ve seen some other big names question whether the game is a good idea.

It’s not particularly likely that some player criticism will change the league’s plans. However, if the league was hoping for a joyful event that players were excited for, it looks like they’re going to be left disappointed.

Giannis Antetokounmpo chokes at free throw line in Bucks’ opener

Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Milwaukee Bucks lost their opener to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night in heartbreaking fashion.

The Bucks were down by two points with 0.4 seconds left and ran an inbounds play where they passed the ball to the rim. Giannis Antetokounmpo went up for a possible tip-in and missed, but a foul was called.

Antetokounmpo was sent to the free throw line to try and tie the game. He made the first free throw but missed the second, which would have tied the game at 122.

That probably was the deserved outcome considering the foul call that sent Antetokounmpo to the line was questionable.

Prior to Giannis being sent to the line, Boston took a 122-120 lead on a banked-in 3-pointer by Jayson Tatum.

Fresh off an Eastern Conference Finals appearance, the Celtics are now 1-0. And Giannis is now 0-1 since signing his massive contract.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has hilarious quote after signing contract extension

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo has signed on long-term with the Milwaukee Bucks, securing his financial future in the process. And he hopes that money goes to good use.

Antetokounmpo spoke to the Milwaukee media on Wednesday after officially agreeing to a max deal with the Bucks. He discussed the importance of securing financial comfort for his children and grandchildren, and how important that was to him. But he was in a joking mood as he pivoted from a serious answer to, well, this.

“I hope my grandkids build a statue for me. I hope they build that s—,” Antetokounmpo said, via Kane Pitman of Locked On Bucks.

They might as well do just that. One thing is for sure: as long as everyone manages their money properly, his grandkids will certainly be able to afford it.

Giannis Antetokounmpo on track to set NBA record for career earnings

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo just locked up a monster contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks, and this may only be the start of huge earnings coming his way.

Giannis on Tuesday agreed to a 5-year, $228.2 million contract with the Bucks, beating the deadline by less than a week.

Antetokounmpo has already earned over $81 million in the NBA. He is making $27.5 million in the upcoming season, giving him $108.5 million. Then add the $228 million on top of that, and he’s at over $336 million.

As Jared Weiss pointed out, Antetokounmpo is in position to sign yet another big contract. Antetokounmpo would be 31/32 when he is eligible for a new deal in 2026-2027. Stack another possible $200-plus million deal on top of what he’s already made, and Giannis would be at over half a billion in career earnings. None of that counts his off-court earnings.

When you think about what Antetokounmpo came from, those kinds of career earning figures are wild. He already has two MVP awards and is only 26, so he still has plenty of room to grow.

Kostas Antetokounmpo gets memed after brother Giannis spurns Lakers

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo is officially off the market, and the Internet definitely thinks that is bad news for his younger brother Kostas.

Giannis agreed Tuesday to re-sign with the Milwaukee Bucks on a five-year supermax deal, eliminating the possibility of a departure in free agency next offseason. Kostas plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, and many thought that Kostas’ presence might help lure Giannis to the team.

After news of Giannis’ extension broke, Kostas got hit with a deluge of Twitter memes. Here were some of the best ones:

Kostas did win a championship with the Lakers last season and had one really cool moment during the celebration. But he still made just five total appearances for them all year and averaged a meager 1.4 points per game. Thus, it is safe to say that Kostas is looking pretty expendable right now.