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April 9, 2015 Updates

Giannis Antetokounmpo was the only Milwaukee Bucks player to appear in all 77 of the team's games entering their matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. He had started 64 in row. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, he sat out of Wednesday's 104-99 loss to the Cavaliers. Antetokounmpo apparently didn't know in advance of the game. "He didn't tell me," Antetokounmpo answered when asked when head coach Jason Kidd told him he would sit. "No, he didn't tell me." Was the benching for being late to practice? For rest? Because of an injury? "I don't know," Antetokounmpo said after the game. "It was coach's decision — I don't know — for me not to play today." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Antetokounmpo, who is averaging 12.7 points and 6.7 rebounds while playing 31.4 minutes per game this season, said he hopes to return to the lineup Friday in New York against the Knicks. Kidd wouldn't commit to saying when Antetokounmpo would play again, only noting, "He's going to practice tomorrow." He was more interested in talking about the players who did set foot on the court. "The guys played at a very high level, yes, they put themselves in a position to win," Kidd said. "That's first and foremost the most important thing, not asking me stupid questions about why Giannis didn't play." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

April 8, 2015 Updates

Youngmisuk: What did you think when he said he wanted you to play more point guard? Giannis Antetokounmpo: You know, Jason Kidd had just come to the team and saw me (for) a couple of practices. ... (Then) I heard he wants to make (me play) point. Point guard? Me, point guard? (I thought) no, I cannot do it. But you cannot say something, because he was one of the greatest point guards. If he wants to make me a point guard, I just got to sit down and listen and talk to him and try to do what he wants because he knows the right thing. It was a great feeling, for some games that I was point guard, handle the ball all the time and put your teammates in the right spot and make the right plays. It was a good feeling, but it was tough, too. It gives you more responsibility on the court. ESPN.com

Youngmisuk: What is new in your life right now? I hear you have a new hobby: writing music. Antetokounmpo: Yeah, I just want to sit down and write. I want to take the challenge my brother (gave me and) told me that I cannot do it. I said, "Yeah, I can!" We were talking about buying a house. I told him, "Yeah, if we buy a house, in the basement we are going to make a studio, a music room." And after (my brothers) were talking about music, I told them, "Yeah, I can write music easily. I can write a song." And my brother was like, "No, you can't." And my mother was like, "Yeah, he can do it." And my little brother told my mother, "Look, Mom! Not because he is playing in the NBA, he can do everything right now!" And I was like, "No, Kostas! I can write a song." So I told him, "Give me two, three years. I am going to have a nice song ready for you." Youngmisuk: What kind of music do you want to write? Rap? R&B? Antetokounmpo: Yeah. Hip-hop. R&B. It will be clean. I am not going to have a dirty version. Just a clean version. ESPN.com

March 18, 2015 Updates

Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo found Henson around the basket several times, resulting in easy conversions for the 6-foot-11 Henson. "I've been struggling the last couple games," Henson said. "I just wanted to go out there and play hard and be active and let the chips fall where they may. "Fortunately it fell the right way for me and we almost pulled it out." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

March 5, 2015 Updates
February 14, 2015 Updates

“Dark horse, I’d probably say, how do you say his name?” said Williams. “Antepoko? Is that how you say it? Greek Freek, that’s what they call him. So he’s a dark horse, but I’ll probably say Zach LaVine will win it. I’ve seen him jump and I think he’s going to bring some excitement." Cowbell Kingdom

February 12, 2015 Updates
February 11, 2015 Updates

Antetokounmpo routinely lingers after shootarounds and practices to work with coach Jason Kidd and staffers such as Sean Sweeney and Josh Oppenheimer. Sometimes it's a shooting game, other times just tedious repetition in the high or low post and lots of hard work. There are a lot of video breakdowns too. And now, this book/journal/personal scouting report. NBA.com

Bucks guard O.J. Mayo said: "We're asking a lot from a young guy, man. Sometimes he plays some four, a little bit tonight he played some five. He guards some of the better players in the post for us. Sometimes he guards on the perimeter. [On a scale of] one through 10, I'd say he's a seven, because he's still getting better. "Every day you see the growth, man. Every day he's learning. He can do almost anything with the size of his hands and his length. He's picking up little things. He's gained a lot more confidence in his jump shot. He's gained more confidence in his post-up game. His thing is just time, honestly. Next week he'll be a better player than he is today." NBA.com

February 9, 2015 Updates
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

February 5, 2015 Updates
January 28, 2015 Updates

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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