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February 8, 2015 Updates

“He grows like every three minutes,” quipped Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. Stevens isn’t too far off the mark with Antetokounmpo having grown two inches to 6-foot-11 since the Bucks drafted him in 2013 with the 15th overall pick. “He is unique,” Stevens said. “His length … everyone talks about length as a buzz word in basketball, but then there’s him or a couple of guys like him. There’s not that many. He has a chance to be special.” CSNNE.com

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The "Greek Freak" said he would come up with a plan. "We're going to see what we're going to do," he said of consulting with his brother. "I'm going to try to do something crazy, something fancy. Are you sure I cannot do a layup?" Antetokounmpo, the 6-foot-11 Bucks phenom, is expected to be named Wednesday to the international team for the Rising Stars Challenge, a game scheduled Feb. 13. That game will feature rookies and second-year players and will have a new format, with 10 international players going against 10 USA-based players. The dunk format will be a two-round event, and competitors will get three chances to complete a dunk in both rounds. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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NBA: What are your impressions of him? HAKEEM OLAJUWON: I'm not really surprised to see him do well in the NBA – he will do much better with time and confidence. Confidence means a lot. Skills, as with maturity, will come, but that confidence level to express himself without fear -- to experiment new moves or things that you are comfortable to do, but in game situation and hold back -- that confidence level takes time. First of all it's from coaching or from within. Sometimes the coach will want to limit your ability: "just do this, just do this." But you know you can do much more, but don't do much more, just do what you're asked – so you need to fight to express yourself. Then (you) gain the coaches' trust to be more comfortable, give more responsibility – then you have freedom, when you get to the point of (having) freedom, then the coach (will) trust your judgment, then you can play freely, then you can really excel to the next level. NBA.com

HAKEEM OLAJUWON: He has the potential – the question is how to reach that potential. That's exactly my point, meaning the skills are there, the talent is already there. But the confidence is still mediocre, meaning "I'm already in the NBA and there are great players, but I want to dominate." He has the potential to dominate in his position – so he needs to raise the bar. NBA.com

January 18, 2015 Updates

Giannis Antetokounmpo: I heard that Irina Shayk is single.. Should I DM her?? Or you guys think is too early?? Hahahahha Twitter @G_ante34

January 14, 2015 Updates

The loquacious Bucks forward was asked if he thought the Knicks would bring up his brother, who was drafted 51st last June but has been playing in the D-League with the Westchester Knicks after not being signed to the NBA roster. “He’s ready,’’ Antetokounmpo said at the Bucks practice Wednesday at O2 Arena. “I don’t think the Knicks have to lose anything. They lose 15 [straight] now. Tomorrow is going to be 16. They don’t have anything to lose. My brother could bring energy to the team and [is] hard-working, and guys from the team can see that and take something from him.’’ New York Post

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David Aldridge: Before Jabari was injured, what would the two of you talk about what he saw on the court, and how it compared with what you saw? Giannis Antetokounmpo: I tried to talk to him whenever I see him, try to say a few things to him, and just try to build a relationship between us. He's a great player, a great kid. First of all, he plays hard. He practice hard. He's going to be a great player in this league, and it's great to talk about that kind of player, at such a young age. He makes me work harder. He makes me want to compete more ... It was great playing with him, especially whenever he had the ball, the defensive guys load on him and he gives me opportunities, so whenever the ball swings on me, to drive, play one on one. Now that he's out, it will be harder, because the load will be on me, and not so many opportunities. But it's not about that. It's about what's going on now. Jabari knows to get quickly healthy, and get back as soon as possible, and stronger, and try to play again and get together and compete next year. NBA.com

David Aldridge: With him, do you see what the future could be like for the Bucks, with the two of you? Giannis Antetokounmpo: Definitely. I definitely see the future, especially with Jabari. He's a great teammate. So of course you see the future with him. Hopefully everything is good and everything goes well, we keep winning, and the future is brighter. NBA.com

David Aldridge: What do you hear when you hear coach Kidd's voice in your head? Giannis Antetokounmpo: Just to pay attention and listen. He was a great player, he's a great coach. The only thing you can do with Jason Kidd is to pay attention and listen. You're going to learn a lot of things. He challenges you every day. He's challenged me every day. He texts me every day, and he's a great coach. He came to Milwaukee and changed all of this around. So I'm just going to try to practice hard and continue to listen to him, because I know if I listen to him he's going to take me to the next level in my future. NBA.com

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Antetokounmpo has good playmaking instincts, and he practically lives at the practice facility. He has his driver’s license now, and after games, he often practices with his 16- and 12-year-old brothers. Loud trash talk in Greek reverberates off the walls, team officials say. “Thank god I live like two minutes away from there,” Antetokounmpo says. Grantland

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