Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo’s response to The Athletic reporter’s article
Giannis Antetokounmpo responded to an article by Eric Nehm of The Athletic that recapped some of the Bucks’ most “epic” moments of the season.
“I’m not pay $6.99 to read this article @eric_nehm I told you already”
That is what Antetokounmpo tweeted in response to Nehm sharing the piece with a specific reference to Antetokounmpo’s “incident” with Memphis Grizzlies center Bruno Caboclo. ($6.99 is the price of the site’s paywall).
— Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) March 19, 2020
Nehm highlighted a 127-114 win by the Bucks on Dec. 13 over Memphis because of Giannis’ mean slam and mug on Caboclo in the 4th quarter. After the poster, Giannis got T’d up for immediately reminding Bruno that he threw it down “on your f*cking head”.
Giannis posterized him then got T'd up for chirping at him 😅 pic.twitter.com/dEYlzKQypl
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 14, 2019
Antetokounmpo was stepping outside of his identity with the Bucks; he was particularly focused on Bruno that night as he sought to avenge Greece’s loss to Brazil in last summer’s FIBA World Cup.
It’s unclear if Giannis was being playful in his tweet, legitimately irked at the article, or simply pointing out that as someone who participated in these moments, he in fact does not need to pay seven bucks to read the article.
At the time of league suspension, Milwaukee has the best record (53-12) in the NBA, 6.5 games ahead of the Toronto Raptors (46-18) for the top seed in the East. The Bucks lead the Los Angeles Lakers (49-14) by 2.5 games for rights to home court in the Finals—if and when that takes place. Antetokounmpo is the frontrunner for his second consecutive MVP, though his presumed lead over LeBron James was slimming. He’s averaging 34.5 points and 16.0 rebounds per 36 minutes, and leads the league in Win Shares per 48 minutes (.282).
Giannis is donating $100,000 to the Bucks staff during this weird and challenging time.