Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo reveals Eric Bledsoe’s epic Shaqtin’ a Fool moment was actually his fault
LOS ANGELES – The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night, 129-124, thanks to terrific nights from both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe. A win, however, is not the only thing the Bucks came out of the game with. They also came out with a legendary Shaqtin’ a Fool moment from Bledsoe.
With 10:04 left in the 4th quarter and the Bucks up 101-94, Bledsoe inbounded the ball, but instead of passing it to Antetokounmpo, he started dribbling downcourt himself. The official who just handed Bledsoe the ball quickly called the inbounding violation and awarded the ball back to the Clippers. The Bucks won the game, so they were able to look back at the blunder and joke it off.
“I had to laugh it off,” said Bledsoe. “It was fun.”
To everyone’s surprise, however, Antetokounmpo, who was waiting to receive the ball a few feet away, claimed that it was his fault that Bledsoe committed the turnover.
“No no no,” Antetokounmpo immediately interjected after the question about Bledsoe’s play. “That’s my fault. I really messed him up. I called a play, I’m not gonna say what play, but I called a play and it was my fault because I should not call the play until he inbounds the ball. He was focused on the play to get to the right spot, that’s why he took the ball and left me.”
It was a funny moment the two could laugh about, but it was also a moment that further displayed the leadership Antetokounmpo has developed over the years. He could’ve easily just laughed off Bledsoe’s mistake, but he chose to own up to the mistake and admit fault for it.
Antetokounmpo played 36 minutes on the night, finishing with 38 points, 16 rebounds, nine assists, two steals, and two blocks while shooting 10-of-21 from the field and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Bledsoe pitched in 20 points, six rebounds, and two assists on 8-of-14 shooting from the field and 4-of-8 from beyond the arc.