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Giannis Antetokounmpo calls out Nick Kyrgios for fueling Heat rumors

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The Miami Heat are viewed as one of the top potential landing sports for Giannis Antetokounmpo if he ends up leaving the Milwaukee Bucks, but the two-time NBA MVP wants tennis star Nick Kyrgios to stop fueling the rumors.

Kyrgios, who is friends with Antetokounmpo, said he recently had a FaceTime call with “The Greek Freak.” One of the first things Kyrgios asked Giannis was whether or not he is planning to sign with the Heat.

“I asked him straight away if he was going to go and join Miami and then he had a massive smile on his face,” Kyrgios told Michael Chammas of the Sydney Morning Herald. “Maybe that could be brewing.”

Kyrgios was almost certainly trying to start trouble, and Giannis sent a tweet on Monday accusing him of doing just that.

Giannis is only under contract with Milwaukee for one more season, but the Bucks are reportedly confident he will sign a supermax extension. Antetokounmpo also recently gave Bucks fans reason to feel optimistic about the situation.

Even if Giannis is intrigued by the idea of playing with Jimmy Butler in Miami, the Bucks can offer him a lot more money than anyone else. He also may feel he has some unfinished business in Milwaukee after dominating the regular season the past two years but failing to reach the finals.

Damian Lillard reacts to suggestion of Giannis Antetokounmpo on Blazers

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Would Giannis Antetokounmpo ever end up on the Portland Trail Blazers and teammates with Damian Lillard? Probably not, but Lillard still reacted to the possibility.

A popular NBA Twitter user tweeted a suggestion about Giannis ending up in Portland to team with Lillard.

Lillard saw the tweet and reacted with a few shrug emojis.

Antetokounmpo is signed through next season but can become a free agent after that. Milwaukee is confident that Giannis will re-sign with them. If he doesn’t, we don’t imagine he would be looking to Portland, though the combination of Antetokounmpo and Lillard as teammates would be nice. Just don’t expect Lillard to hold his breath waiting for it to happen.

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Report: Bucks confident Giannis Antetokounmpo will sign supermax extension

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Giannis Antetokounmpo would be the biggest free agent on the market if he decides not to sign with Milwaukee long term. But the Bucks apparently are confident he will decide to remain with them.

ESPN’s Zach Lowe had a lengthy notes column published on Thursday that is well worth your time. The main part of the column had to deal with Antetokounmpo’s status.

According to Lowe, many within the Bucks’ organization remain confident that Antetokounmpo will remain with the team. They think he will sign a five-year supermax contract that will be worth an estimated $220-$250 million.

Antetokounmpo has been with Milwaukee since they drafted him No. 15 overall in 2013. He has blossomed into a two-time MVP with them. While the Bucks have dominated in the regular season the last two years, they have yet to reach the NBA Finals during Giannis’ peak. Antetokounmpo may feel like he has some unfinished business with Milwaukee.

Giannis recently gave fans reasons to be optimistic about about his future.

Video: Giannis Antetoukounmpo gives brother Kostas nice champion’s welcome home

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Giannis Antetokounmpo gave his brother, Kostas, a nice champion’s welcome home.

Kostas Antetokounmpo was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, who won the NBA championship on Sunday. Kostas was representing the Greek flag throughout the championship ceremony after Game 6.

Kostas returned home to Greece and had all sorts of love from his family. Giannis shared a video on Instagram of the horns he sounded and great welcome they gave Kostas at the airport in Athens.

That was beautiful to see.

There was some thought that Giannis might be a tad jealous of his brother for being the first in the family to win an NBA championship, but based on that video, Giannis seems nothing but happy for his brother. Someone needs to show the video to JaVale McGee.

JaVale McGee throws some shade at Giannis Antetokounmpo after Lakers win

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JaVale McGee threw a little shade at Giannis Antetokounmpo after the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night to win the championship.

The Lakers winning the championship meant that Kostas Antetokounmpo, a reserve for the Lakers, got a championship ring. He became an NBA champion before his brother, Giannis. And Giannis has won two NBA MVP awards!

McGee reminded those watching his Instagram Live Sunday about that fact.

“Y’all talk about the Greek Freak. (Kostas) is the first one to win it! He’s the first one to win it! He’s the first one with a ring!” McGee said in the video.

McGee was celebrating and gets a bit of a pass for the trash talk.

But how does Giannis feel about things? He’s probably ecstatic for Kostas, but also a little jealous deep down. Kostas did at least represent their home country during the Lakers’ celebration.

Giannis Antetokounmpo posts cool photo after winning second NBA MVP

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Giannis Antetokounmpo came prepared to win his second NBA MVP award.

Antetokounmpo on Friday was named NBA MVP for the second consecutive season. He received 85 first-place votes, compared to 16 for LeBron James.

Antetokounmpo celebrated with a cool photo posted on Instagram that showed him reading a newspaper. The paper had a front-page headline about him winning the second MVP.

Though Antetokounmpo has won two MVP awards already, he still is trying to remain humble. That attitude is reflected in his mentality surrounding his victory.

The Milwaukee Bucks star winning the MVP award had another effect too, and it’s one that won’t please the Nuggets.

Giannis Antetokounmpo shares why he still does not want to be called MVP

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is now a two-time NBA MVP, but he doesn’t want to hear that title.

Last year, Antetokounmpo made headlines when he asked Bucks fans to stop referring to him as the MVP until he won it a second time. As of Friday, he now has, but he still doesn’t want to hear it. His reason this time? He hasn’t won a championship.

Giannis is keeping his eye on the prize. If he’s using this as motivation to pursue his next goal, that’s certainly not a bad idea. After all, at this point, a championship is really the only major honor that has eluded him in his young NBA career. That’s part of why the Bucks’ playoff exit after posting the NBA’s best record was such a disappointment.

The star forward also had some positive news for Bucks fans about his future with Milwaukee. Those fans should be very excited about the fact that Antetokounmpo is both motivated and saying all the right things.

Giannis Antetokounmpo gives Bucks fans reason to be optimistic about contract

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Milwaukee Bucks fans are understandably concerned about the possibility of Giannis Antetokounmpo leaving the team after next season, but he has yet to give any indication that he is planning to do so.

Antetokounmpo won his second consecutive NBA MVP Award on Friday, and he spoke with NBA TV’s Ernie Johnson about his future in Milwaukee shortly after receiving the good news. He was noncommittal about possibly signing a supermax extension with the Bucks this offseason, but Giannis said he has no desire to leave Milwaukee “as long as everybody’s on the same page” and fighting to win a championship.

“I had a great meeting with the owners to talk about the team, what went wrong and what we can improve,” Antetokounmpo said. “As long as everybody’s on the same page and as long as everybody’s fighting for the same thing I’m fighting for every day, which is to be a champion, I don’t see why (I won’t) be in Milwaukee for the next 15 years.”

There has been a lot of talk that the disappointing way in which the Bucks’ season ended this year could contribute to pushing Antetokounmpo out the door. However, the recent meeting he alluded to with Milwaukee’s brass was said to be a very productive one. He also emphatically shot down talk that he is thinking about leaving the Bucks.

NBA fans are going to freak out about Giannis’ social media activity no matter what he says, but they need to remember how much the Bucks can pay him. Antetokounmpo will be eligible to sign a max extension this offseason that is worth somewhere between $220-250 million over five years. That gives him even more incentive to stay put as he enters the final year of his deal.

Giannis Antetokounmpo beats out LeBron to win second straight MVP award

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The NBA is Giannis Antetokounmpo’s league and LeBron James is just playing in it — at least according to the 2020 MVP voting.

Antetokounmpo has been named MVP of the NBA for a second consecutive year. He received 85 first-place votes compared to LeBron’s 16. Giannis had a total of 962 points, which was slightly more than the 941 he got last year when beating out James Harden. Antetokounmpo and LeBron were the only players to receive first-place votes.

Here are the full results:

The vast majority of voters felt that Giannis was once again the best player in the NBA, and it’s hard to argue with that. The Milwaukee Bucks star averaged a career-high 29.5 points and 13.6 rebounds per game this season. He also had 5.6 assists per game. LeBron had 25.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 10.2 assists per game.

We know at least one of LeBron’s teammates who is not going to be happy about the voting results, but they were hardly a surprise.

Heat’s Kendrick Nunn clowns Giannis Antetokounmpo in Instagram post

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Kendrick Nunn is having fun at the expense of his team’s vanquished foes.

The Miami Heat guard wished Jimmy Butler a happy birthday Monday with a funny post on Instagram. The post was a Photoshopped image depicting Butler with Giannis Antetokounmpo and TJ Warren as his children.

The Heat, led by Butler’s excellent two-way play, toppled Warren and the Indiana Pacers in the first round. They then took down Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round. Miami begins their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.

While Nunn’s post was pretty funny, he may want to tread lightly here. After all, the Heat could be targeting Antetokounmpo as a free agent in the future.