Posts Tagged ‘Giannis Antetokounmpo’

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

(via TNLP)

How Do You Spell Zydrunas Ilgauskas?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — How do you spell Zydrunas Ilgauskas? OK, fine, I just spelled it for you, but I did without looking it up! I swear! See, part of writing about the NBA and sports is that before long you learn how to spell names that some might construe as challenging? So Ilgauskas? Got it. Krzyzewski? No sweat. Antetokuonmpo? Oh yeah. Then again, ask me to do long division and I’m useless.

Anyway, the Cavs are retiring Big Z’s number on March 8, so a wisecracking version of their mascot Moondog took to the streets of Cleveland to see if people could spell Zydrunas Ilgauskas.


VIDEO: Spelling Z

The 2013-14 All Ball YOLO All-Stars

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If there’s one thing I’ve learned from attending a dozen All-Star Weekends, it’s that at its core, All-Star Weekend is about the fans. The fans actually select the starting line-ups, and fans travel from near and far to hit up Jam Session and All-Star Saturday Night and the Rising Stars Challenge and, of course, all the parties.

In some broader sense, the All-Star Game is about recognizing the best players from each conference. Sure, there are a couple of rim-rattling dunks and the occasional long-range shot that falls. And if you’re lucky, really lucky, the game is close down the stretch, and then everyone’s competitive juices kick in and you might just get a memorable finale. The main purposes of most participants in the actual All-Star Game? They wear funky uniforms, get a little run in, hang out with their buddies, and then they go back to their own teams for the stretch run and the Playoffs.

But that’s not why I’m watching the All-Star Game. And I think most people tuning in or even attending All-Star are looking to have a similar question answered: Are we not entertained? No matter what the Fun Police tell you, at All-Star weekend, nobody is looking at efficiency stats or plus/minus ratings. We want to see Shaq playing point guard. We want to see Gilbert Arenas joining the Elvis impersonators and dunking off of a trampoline. Simply put: We want the All-Star Game — and the entire weekend, really — to be fun.

So you can argue all you want about who does and who doesn’t deserve to be named to the actual Eastern and Western Conference All-Star teams. Instead, I present to you my annual YOLO All-Stars. (If you didn’t know, YOLO is an acronym for You Only Live Once.) These are the guys who deserve to be All-Stars based on my own vague All Ball Blog criteria. I considered all of the following elements: hilarity; social media proficiency; general swag; likelihood the player will do something memorable; dunking/dribbling/shooting ability; previous Shaqtin’ A Fool appearances; mentions on the All Ball Blog.

To be clear, those categories are listed in no particular order, with no importance or weight to any given specific category. These are just the players I think it would be fun to see in an All-Star Game. If we want to be entertained, these are the players that will give it to us. Meet your 2013-14 NBA YOLO All-Stars…

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Starters
C – Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers — Always a blast on Twitter, and a man who appreciates good humor.
F – Chris Bosh, Miami Heat — Will be in charge of all videobombing.
F – LeBron James, Miami Heat — Not only is he a force on Twitter, which is good enough to qualify for the YOLO All-Stars, but he’s also the reigning MVP, so that wins him an invite.
G – J.R. Smith, New York Knicks — In the YOLO All-Star Game, untying shoes will be encouraged.
G – Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers — UNCLE DREW!

Bench
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks — The Greek Freak is perhaps the most unconventional athlete in the league, so you never know what he’s going to pull off next. He also loves smoothies, and with the All-Star Game being played in the newly-named Smoothie King Center, what could be more perfect?
Amir Johnson, Toronto Raptors — One of my favorites on social media.
Andray Blatche, Brooklyn Nets — Eurostep!
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons — Will be in charge of Vine videos throughout the weekend.
Metta World Peace, New York Knicks — Still the best.
Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers — He may not have made the actual All-Star Game, but I can’t knock his hustle. Besides, he dunked on a ref, which is awesome.
Kevin Seraphin, Washington Wizards — Anyone with a pet snake named Snakey and a skeleton that rides a Segway is a lifetime YOLO All-Star.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Starters
C – Robin Lopez, Portland Trail Blazers — He’s a nerd and he’s proud of it.
F – Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves — We’ll have him making coffee for everyone.
F – Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder — If LeBron is on the East, we might as well put KD on the West.
G – Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers — My favorite dribbler in the NBA.
G – James Harden, Houston Rockets — The beard is fun on its own, but Harden’s also made a heavy push into social media the last few years. Maybe he can perform at halftime.

Bench
Nick Young, Los Angeles Lakers — You can’t have a YOLO game without Swaggy P.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers — Founder of #4BarFriday.
Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies — Perhaps my favorite NBA player to challenge his team owner to a game of one-on-one.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs — Broken nose and all, Bonner is always entertaining.
Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors — Always a candidate to dunk on someone. Or to review an episode of “Breaking Bad.”
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings — Hard not to select someone who’s nickname is “Boogie.”
JaVale McGee, Denver Nuggets (Injured) — Really the perfect player for this game.
Nate Robinson, Denver Nuggets (Injured) — Go long, Nate will throw you the pineapple.

So there’s my YOLO All-Stars. Who would you put on your YOLO All-Star team? Let us know below in the comments!

Giannis Antetokounmpo Will Teach You How To Dougie

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On this week’s episode of the Hang Time Podcast, we were joined by veteran Bucks forward Caron Butler. Among other things, I asked Caron about Bucks rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo. More specifically, How do you pronounce his last name? Butler’s response: He didn’t know. “I just call him rook,” Butler said. While we learn how to pronounce Antetokounmpo, Giannis is becoming a bit of an internet favorite. His latest hit: An Instagram video via by my main man Zaza Pachulia in which Giannis teaches us how to Dougie …
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Giannis Antetokounmpo Has Really Big Hands

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When the Milwaukee Bucks used a first round selection during this summer’s Draft on Greek big man Giannis Antetokounmpo, most fans and draft experts didn’t know much about him. Perhaps it was for that reason, but most people immediately projected Antetokounmpo as a project, someone who wouldn’t be able to contribute until a few years down the road. Yet when I saw him in person a few weeks back at the NBA Rookie Photo Shoot, the thing that jumped out at us was his frame — he’s thin, yes, but his arms are long and shoulders are wide and his hands are tremendous.

He’s played in four preseason games and has had some nice numbers, including a 7-rebound, 4-block game. With Antetokounmpo, it is about potential more than it is about his present. And as we look to the future for him and wait for him to grow into his body, as someone noted on Twitter last night, Antetokounmpo’s hands are actually longer than his head.

For a more exact measurement, check this image from All Ball alum Jon Hartzell at Bucksketball

Giannis-hand

Who knows what kind of impact he’ll have this season, but he’s definitely worth keeping an eye on. I think we have a real MUSCLE WATCH contender down the road here.

(via EOB)

Media Day Dance Off!

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yesterday we showed you what happens behind the scenes at any given Media Day. But what are you gonna do when…a Dance Off breaks out?

Portland’s CJ McCollum

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