Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo chews jersey, damages arena property after frustrating half vs. Thunder
He vented in…unique fashion.
According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, Antetokounmpo could be seen chewing a hole through his jersey as he exited the floor and headed to the locker room:
Did Giannis just chew a hole in his jersey on his way off the floor? Pretty sure that's what I saw. Man, that dude is competitive. Bucks down against OKC at the half, and he's clearly not pleased.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) November 11, 2019
Biting mad. Giannis is going to need a new jersey after airballing this FT pic.twitter.com/euvfwXQLaF
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) November 11, 2019
The property damage did not stop there, as Giannis also kicked a massive hole through a Thunder barrier as he left the floor:
Well…apparently Giannis was a little frustrated with how the first half went. He just kicked a hole in this thing in the hallway 😂. pic.twitter.com/h35Vol7Fo3
— Gabe Ikard (@GabeIkard) November 11, 2019
Giannis scored 10 points in the first half and made a highlight-reel play when he hauled in a full-court pass from Khris Middleton for a thunderous jam. But the Bucks trailed the Thunder 56-50 after the first two periods of play, causing Antetokounmpo’s frustrations to boil over.
Despite being just 24 years of age, Giannis is already firmly entrenched as one of the most ruthless competitors in the NBA. He has consistently said that he does not care about befriending fellow All-Stars or playing in a big market.
As gaudy as his statistics may have been last year, Giannis has been more productive in every major category through the first nine games of the season. He also told Amick that he believes he is at “60 percent of his full potential,” a truly terrifying prospect for the rest of the league.
Of course, he is still extremely young and prone to acting out in this manner. But keep in mind that Giannis has also set the bar at a championship level for both himself and his teammates.
Maybe all it takes is a few holes in the equipment to fire himself up. The Bucks led the Thunder with just over four minutes to play in the third quarter.