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Brazil coach throws shade at Giannis Antetokounmpo after FIBA World Cup upset

Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo

After Brazil defeated Greece on Tuesday, Brazil head coach Aleksandar Petrovic didn’t necessarily have great things to say about Greece and Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Brazil won by a final score of 79-78. Petrovic said he’s known how to stop Antetokounmpo ever since the Toronto Raptors defeated the Bucks in six games in the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals.

“Why this sport is wonderful? On the other side, you have a guy who won the MVP, he’s 23 years old and who stops him tonight? The guy who is 40 years old and kicks his ass on the court. That’s basketball,” Petrovic said postgame, via Euro Hoops.

“We showed that we have several players who can stop Antetokounmpo. But yesterday I was more occupied with (Kostas) Sloukas and (Georgios) Printezis and that’s what happened today. When I was preparing this game, a lot of people talked and joked about how to stop Antetokounmpo. I had for six months in my head, since the semifinals between Toronto and Milwaukee, how to stop Antetokounmpo. The problem tonight for us was Sloukas and Printezis.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 13 points, four rebounds and one assist in roughly 28 minutes of action against Brazil while shooting 3-of-7 from the floor. The Bucks superstar was the third-leading scorer for Greece.