Stephen Curry turns on the charm for Giannis Antetokounmpo
Stephen Curry didn’t have any influence in the Golden State Warriors’ 107-98 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, but his postgame influence might be much greater than a W after chatting it up with reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The two players exchanged pleasantries after the game, as expected, but there would be a little more awaiting The Greek Freak after he was done with media obligations:
Giannis walks over to Steph, and the two exchange pleasantries … pic.twitter.com/aYu34WL2Ms
— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) January 9, 2020
Antetokounmpo had an autographed Curry jersey sitting next to him in the visitors’ locker room after the game, which the Warriors star made sure to sign and write a long note across the zero, according to Steve Berman of The Athletic.
Curry was also seen telling Antetokounmpo something that looked like “Let’s do it. C’mon man!” during their brief exchange postgame, something that is bound to have expert lip readers on Twitter going wild:
“Come to the Dubs.” – Steph, probably 😂 pic.twitter.com/PZRc8179JZ
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 9, 2020
The mutual admiration between Curry, one of the finest sharpshooters in NBA history, and Antetokounmpo, a physically gifted talent like few others, has been well-chronicled.
Curry selected Antetokounmpo as his first pick of the 2018 NBA All-Star Draft once LeBron James took Kevin Durant with the first overall selection. The Greek Freak returned the favor in 2019, selecting the Warriors star with his first pick as captain of the All-Star Team, and the two would later link up for an epic bounce-to-the-oop pass that broke the internet last February.
There’s a lot of mutual respect between the two, and this could just be an easygoing exchange of admiration for one another. Yet there have been rumors that the Warriors are keeping a keen eye on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s impending free agency, and Stephen Curry could be setting up the plate along with the chair and cutlery for once that moment arises.