Posts Tagged ‘Giannis Antetokounmpo’

Giannis shows off dance moves

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo is playing with the Greek National Team this summer. And while his on-court development has been watched closely, in this video from his Greek teammate Nick Calathes, we see how Giannis has been working on his off-court skills, as well…

MUSCLEWATCH 2015 (Summer Edition)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERMUSCLEWATCH traditionally makes its debut each fall as NBA teams assemble for training camp. But sometimes the muscles just can’t be ignored, as has been the case thus far this summer.

But first! What, you may ask, is MUSCLEWATCH? Basically, it began decades ago when my friend Matt and I noticed our local paper would always report that players had gained 15 pounds of MUSCLE in the offseason. No matter the sport, it was never 12 pounds, never 16, never 9, never 18, but seemed to always be 15 pounds of muscle. So we began keeping an eye on the papers looking for references to the magic 15 pounds of MUSCLE. Eventually, MUSCLEWATCH became about more than just the 15 pounds of muscle and more about guys who had either gained or lost a lot of weight. Previous winners include Thad Young and Rudy Gay.

Whenever you come across MUSCLEWATCH news, please let me know! You can either email me via the link in the header above, or you can send me a tweet, and make sure you use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH.

Anyway, with Summer Leagues happening around the NBA the last few weeks, I’ve been getting MUSCLEWATCH reports on Twitter, and I felt that today would be a good day to round them up for posterity.

Let’s actually begin a few weeks back, as prospects were preparing for the NBA Draft. Here we see Willie Cauley-Stein, days before being drafted by the Sacramento Kings, sit down for an interview with ESPN’s Henry Abbott. Early on in this interview, Cauley-Stein mentions gaining 20 pounds of MUSCLE since his college season ended, a staggering figure by any account. Ace interviewer that he is, Abbott seizes on this tidbit and tries to get some details from Cauley-Stein about this important MUSCLEWATCH moment…

My favorite moment of the interview? Probably when Abbott asks Cauley-Stein if he knows who I am, and Cauley-Stein responds with an actual shrug…

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Celtics forward James Young has also made MUSCLEWATCH news, although he may be employing some fuzzy math. According to initial reports, Young had put on the magic 15 pounds of MUSCLE…

That’s when the controversy starts. One report says Young apparently gained 20 pounds over the last year, with a 10-pound burst of weight coming more recently?

Or maybe it’s 15 pounds plus 5 more?

Either way, Young is clearly aiming to make a MUSCLEWATCH name for himself heading into the season.

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An early MUSCLEWATCH championship candidate is clearly Oklahoma City’s Mitch McGary, who has reportedly shed 30 pounds…

According to McGary, the weight loss is a result of several factors…

McGary credits the weight loss to cooking classes, a healthier diet and rigorous workouts. By eating better and transforming his body, McGary believes he’ll put himself in a better position to stay healthy and play the best basketball of his life.

“I’m sick of being injured and not being able to play at full strength 100 percent,” McGary said. “So this summer was really key for me. I stayed in Oklahoma City and just been working my tail off to get into shape.”

“You were always eating at your parents’ house, and then you go and start living on the pizza and wings diet in college, man,” McGary said. “It’s not cool not knowing how to cook for yourself when you go home and you’re trying to eat out every night. I’d rather just stay home, cook myself up some chicken, some fish, and have a nice dinner at home.”

After only a few months trying his hand at cooking, McGary now proudly shares his creations with fans on social media and jokingly boasts of being a beast in the kitchen.

“Man, I’m nice,” McGary said. “They call me ‘Chef.’”

I think a Mitch McGary cooking show is something the world needs. Congratulations to Chef McGary!

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Down in New Orleans, we have a few MUSCLEWATCH notes. First of all, Tyreke Evans has allegedly dropped weight, according to new Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry

Also, guard Eric Gordon is just a few pounds behind Evans…

Also, as always, thanks to the Pelicans for using the proper #MUSCLEWATCH hashtag on their official Twitter account…

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The Timberwolves may be a young team still building, but forward Shabazz Muhammad is trying to grab a MUSCLEWATCH crown right now. According to the T-Wolves, Muhammad is reuniting with a legendary MUSCLEWATCH figure…

We first met “Crazy Frank” last season, back when he was referred to as “Hell’s Trainer.” Muhammad says he’s planning to lose more weight, which seems like a foregone conclusion.

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Some odds and ends…Bulls GM Gar Forman says Jimmy Butler has put on some weight…

Lakers forward Julius Randle is shedding bad weight while adding good weight…

Anthony Bennett has done serious MUSCLEWATCH work through the years…

Dante Exum is off to a promising start…

And finally…we don’t have any concrete figures, but Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo looks like he’s putting in time in the weight room…

Giannis, Schroder show off soccer skills

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Besides being two of the best younger players in the NBA, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Atlanta’s Dennis Schröder both grew up in Europe, where soccer is a big part of everyday life. And even though they both grew up to have careers in the NBA, Giannis and Dennis both have soccer skills that they like to show off when they have the chance…

Here’s Giannis recently in China…


VIDEO: Giannis soccer

And here’s Dennis, I guess back in Germany, showing off what he can do with no hands…

Kendall Marshall and Giannis Antetokounmpo play teammate trivia

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Do you guys remember “The Newlywed Game?” Probably not, I guess, but it was a television game show that had its heyday in the ’70s, where couples who were recently married would sit on a set and try to answer questions about each other. It was funny because the answer often illuminated just how little the couples actually knew about each other. And in some sense, I suppose being teammates is like being in a marriage — you go from knowing of someone to spending all of your time with that person, which means getting to know that person, all their likes and dislikes.

In this video from a pair of Milwaukee Bucks teammates, we see Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kendall Marshall, who have been teammates for less than six months, playing a version of the Newlywed Game. (Bob Eubanks not included.)


VIDEO: Giannis v. Kendall

Meet Giannis Antetokounmpo, your friendly neighborhood fire chief

Bucks Fire Safety

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Being really tall has benefits if you’re an NBA player, but it also comes in handy if you’re doing things that require you being near the ceiling. So perhaps it makes sense that Bucks big man Giannis Antetokounmpo was recently named honorary fire chief in Milwaukee, where he went home to home installing smoke detectors. Here’s a video of Chief Antetokounmpo (and some of his Bucks teammates) doing good work…


VIDEO: Chief Giannis

Can you spell Dwyane Wade?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In yet another NBA-themed video from Jimmy Kimmel, we discover that Dwyane Wade is the athlete with the most commonly misspelled name. (I’m assuming this poll was taken before Giannis Antetokounmpo joined the Milwaukee Bucks.) To find out just how tricky it is get Wade’s first name correct, Kimmel sent a camera crew out on the streets of Los Angeles and offered up a hundred bucks to anyone who could spell it correctly.


VIDEO: Spell Dwyane Wade

Giannis Antetokounmpo reminds you to drink your milk

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the breakout stars of this year’s rookie class has been Bucks rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo, whose ridiculous athleticism has led to plenty of highlight plays, and whose fun personality has made him a social media favorite. Antetokounmpo, who hails from Athens, Greece, is apparently capitalizing on his fame back home, too. Here’s his latest endorsement gig, in what must be the most dramatic advertisement ever made for chocolate milk…


VIDEO: Giannis milk ad

The long-named rookie strikes again

In L.A., Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded another highlight in the land of highlights.

In L.A., Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded another highlight in the land of highlights.

Giannis, Giannis, Giannis. Throughout the Bucks’ seasonal march toward futility, the 19-year-old neophyte from Greece has kept the league us drooling over his youth, coachable mien and propensity for otherworldly hardwood feats.

His chasedown swat and Statue of Liberty yam against the Celtics earlier this season has been firmly ensconced on the Top Plays Theatre. Monday night in the land of the lobs, his springs and hustle decided to grace us again.

Once he got the block, you knew what he was going for. Fortunately, Zaza Pachulia knew what time it was and fed the young buck on cue:


VIDEO: Giannis Antetokounmpo gets busy on both ends

Athletic Marvels Meet In Milwaukee

While the eyes of the basketball world rested upon the show LeBron James gave Monday, there were some young bucks strutting their stuff in the Midwest. I’m about the plays, so forgive me for diverting your attention from James’ best game as a Heat (statistically) to talk about a Jazz-Bucks contest.

But I’m guessing if you’re a fan of people doing amazing things, you’ll be OK.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jeremy Evans bring tremendous wingspans and strides that don’t look natural on a human, and last night, they didn’t hesitate to show it.

Giannis took the lead.


VIDEO: Giannis rejects, then runs the break with the perfect behind-the-back pass

Not to be outdone, Evans followed up a couple of game minutes later.


VIDEO: Jeremy Evans gets forceful with the block, then skies on the other end for the boom

Factor in Ersan Ilyasova’s out-of-nowhere 31 points on 13-for-14 shooting (only miss came on a putback, go figure), Milwaukee shooting 57 percent and registering a blowout win, and one could make the case that this game was as eye-raising as That Guy’s masterpiece in Miami. Well, almost as eye-raising.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Scores Soccer Goal From Midfield

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve enjoyed following the exploits this season of Giannis Antetokounmpo, the precocious but wildly talented Bucks rookie. He has been raw, but his physical gifts are so obvious, that it seems like just a matter of time until he puts it all together. In the meantime, he’s been a lot of fun to watch.

It’s also been neat seeing the Greek import explore and get to know his new surroundings in Milwaukee. We have already learned, for instance, that Giannis loves smoothies. And as we see from this Youtube video, he’s also pretty darn good at soccer. While attending a recent Milwaukee Wave indoor game, Giannis nailed this shot from midfield to win a scooter for a lucky fan.


VIDEO: Giannis scores

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