Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts to P.J. Tucker being a huge loudmouth
P.J. Tucker made his debut with the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, and he’s already making his presence felt with his new team.
“He’s always loud, even when he’s on the bench,” Antetokounmpo said, via The Athletic’s Eric Nehm. “He’s always talking. He’s talking to the guys on the bench. He’s talking to the guys on the court. This is his first day here. We need that. We need somebody that’s going to be loud all the time. We need somebody to keep feeding us with feedback, so we can play the right way. When he comes on the court, he’s aware of everything. He’s talking to me. He’s talking to Jrue. He’s talking to Khris. It’s amazing. We need that. That veteran leadership. We need somebody that’s going to be vocal all the time and he’s definitely that.”
In his first game with Milwaukee, Tucker only played 12 minutes, tallying three rebounds and a block in his limited action. While he wasn’t needed much on the floor, his contributions on the bench are already leaving a lasting impression on Antetokounmpo and his new Bucks teammates.
Tucker has never been a dynamic scorer throughout his career, as he’s known for his skill set as a feisty defender who can shoot the 3-ball. The Bucks recently acquired him in a trade with the Houston Rockets in hopes that he could provide them with an experienced veteran.
With a win on Saturday, Milwaukee has strung together six consecutive wins, which has them currently sitting as the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Antetokounmpo has his sights on getting over the hump in the playoffs, and he believes Tucker is going to be a key piece for the Bucks in making that happen.