Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo sparks injury concerns after press conference exit
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo was about to do his presser after Game 5 when he had to leave immediately after sitting. The sudden turn of events sparked a lot of questions and concerns regarding his health, though it turned out not to be too concerning.
Apparently, Giannis suffered from serious cramping and had to get treatment first,
He initially sat down in the interview room about 20 minutes ago then quickly got up and left before any questions were asked.
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) July 18, 2021
Giannis Antetokounmpo asked the NBA Public Relations team to tell reporters to wait for him. The Bucks forward also expressed his desire to speak directly to the media. And just like he promised, he eventually returned.
— Lily Zhao (@LilySZhao) July 18, 2021
However, his sudden exit still raised concerns about his health condition. Aside from talks about a possible injury, there were some who were worried regarding the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety rules since his brother Thanasis was ruled out for Game 5 because of the said protocols.
Fortunately for the Bucks, that is not the case at all. Antetekounmpo also addressed his cramping in his return to his presser and explained he was just a “little bit dehydrated” and that he’s a “softie,” per RP Salao of ClutchPoints.
Giannis Antetokounmpo when asked about cramps that delayed his presser:
"I was a little bit dehydrated. I'm a softie, yknow. But it's okay."
Then says he'll definitely be getting a burger and fries afterwards. Stay you, Giannis. 😅
— R.P. Salao (@RPSalao) July 18, 2021
Giannis played for 40 minutes and scored 32 points, mostly by way of attacking the rim. With that said, it’s not surprising to see him suffer from cramps. Besides, he also had to lead the Bucks erase a 16-point deficit in the first quarter, putting a lot of stress in his body.
Luckily for the Bucks, it’s not a big issue and the Greek Freak can still joke about it.