Giannis Antetokounmpo speaks honest truth about Stephen Curry’s injury
Antetokounmpo admitted that Curry’s absence has benefited the other players in the NBA:
Giannis on Steph Curry: "Let me be honest with you. The players, we kind of enjoy that he's not playing — not enjoy that he's hurt. We want him to be healthy, but he just makes it way, way tougher for the rest of the league."
— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) February 15, 2020
It sounds like Giannis delivered his comments somewhat in jest, but the Bucks star is not the first NBA player this season to express some form of revelry at the Warriors’ momentary demise.
With injuries to Curry and Klay Thompson (and the loss of Kevin Durant), the Warriors and Bucks are at opposite ends of the spectrum — for now. Milwaukee (46-8) owns the league’s best record, while Golden State (12-43) dwells at the bottom of the standings.
Of course, the Dubs are expected to be back in contention next season with the return of Klay and Steph, more time with Andrew Wiggins, and a possible top pick added to the mix. It’s also no secret that the Warriors will be looking to position themselves to make some kid of run at Antetokounmpo, who is likely to hit free agency in the summer of 2021.
In January, Curry was spotted chatting with Giannis on the floor after a game at Chase Center, which some speculated may have been a brief recruiting plea. (Curry claimed it was about PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, but the stories don’t exactly add up.)
Milwaukee defeated Golden State 107-98 in the only matchup so far this season. They’ll meet again on March 14, so Giannis may have to deal with Steph, after all. Curry could return to the floor in early March, and the Warriors should return to championship form by early November.