Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo donates $100,000 to Fiserv Forum staff
Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo is following in Kevin Love’s footsteps and donating $100,000 to the Fiserv Forum staff to help them out during the NBA’s suspension.
The Greek Freak made his announcement on Twitter Friday afternoon:
It’s bigger than basketball! And during this tough time I want to help the people that make my life, my family’s lives and my teammates lives easier. Me and my family pledge to donate $100,000 to the Fiserv Forum staff. We can get through this together! 🙏🏽
— Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) March 13, 2020
Love quickly reacted to the news:
Love This!!! Take care of the people who take care of you!!! https://t.co/iV89gE4yVI
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) March 13, 2020
Love started this player trend on Thursday when he announced his own $100,000 donation to Cavs staff at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
A handful of team owners have already made commitments to take care of arena staff, with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban leading the way in the immediate aftermath of the NBA’s announcement that the league would be suspended.
The hope is all owners wind up joining in on this endeavor, but for now players are taking matters into their own hands and making these generous donations.
The NBA — along with basically the entire sporting world — is currently on hiatus after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday. Jazz teammate Donovan Mitchell also tested positive.
The hiatus is currently on track to be 30 days before a reevaluation of the situation, but the general expectation is the delay will be longer. Cuban has already suggested the possibility of playing games into July or even August.
A long delay would give Antetokounmpo a long time to rest up and heal after he recently missed two games with a knee injury. The Bucks star is working on another MVP campaign, though Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James made a charge to get in the conversation prior to the stoppage of play.