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Giannis Antetokounmpo delivers savage quote about Heat after sweep

Giannis Antetokounmpo

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

Giannis Antetokounmpo

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

Giannis Antetokounmpo celebration

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

Giannis Antetokounmpo son Liam

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.

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.