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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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He made his sentiment known to owner Mark Cuban, who was receptive, sort of, but when it came time to make hard choices, Cuban elected to go with a plan that the Mavericks had set in place and passed on Antetokounmpo with the 13th pick, which they eventually traded down to the 18th pick and, where they got Shane Larkin. “He’s making us look bad for sticking to our plan,” Cuban said Tuesday. “That was Donnie. That (taking Antetokounmpo) is what Donnie wanted to do and I said we should stick to the plan. The whole point was that I wanted to stick to the plan and Donnie was like, this guy’s going to be good. I’ll risk everything that he’s going to be good. I said, I believe you Donnie. “But still, what if all of the sudden we find out that so-and-so (free agent) is dying to come to the Mavs and now you don’t have the cap room. That’s why we put together a plan and our consolation wasn’t too bad.” Dallas Morning News

December 2, 2014 Updates

Pachulia can testify to Antetokounmpo’s transformation from off-the-court cutup to on-the-court serious dude. “Once we start practice or once the lights are on and a game starts, his face changes,” Pachulia said. “You’ve got to love that.” Bucks forward John Henson marvels at the strides – literal and figurative – that Antetokounmpo is making. “Being such a young guy here, it’s been great to see him get more confident and play the way he does,” Henson said. “And he’s a sponge, man. That goes for on the court and off the court. The moves and all the things he sees on the court, he picks them up so quickly. NBA.com

November 23, 2014 Updates

Q  How do you spell Antetokounmpo? Nate Wolters: Oh, I still have no clue. You want me to give it a try? A-n-t-e-(pause)-k-o-u-n-p-o? Well, it’s tough. I know how to say it. I don’t know how to spell it yet. Q How freakish is the Greek Freak? Nate Wolters:  He’s really good. He has gotten a ton better since last year. Just with his length, there are not too many guys who can do what he does. He handles it like a guard. He’s a really good passer. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

November 22, 2014 Updates

“He’s going to be an All-Star. No, it’s definitely not [impossible to conceive of his potential]. … I don’t think we’ve had someone like him,” Dudley said. “He’s [Kevin] Durant-sized but his game’s so much different. I mean, kind of more of a LeBron [James] personality, where he’s more of a passer than a scorer. With that being said, I mean, if I had to give someone that he can be similar to and label him, it’d be more like a [Scottie] Pippen. He doesn’t want to shoot threes. He’s someone who … could be a first-team all-defence guy. I think that would be his upside, but I feel like he’s even more athletic than Pippen.” National Post

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In the preseason he again handled some point guard chores while also playing shooting guard and small forward. But playing power forward against one of the top four men in the league? "It was tough," Antetokounmpo said of going against Randolph. "He's a lot stronger than me, bigger than me. He was a mismatch for me on the defensive end, but I was a mismatch for him on the offensive end because he's bigger than me and much slower. I'm faster than him, so I can drive the ball." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Then came Antetokounmpo's heroics against the Grizzlies, which led to Brandon Knight's winning three-point play with 1.1 seconds remaining. Bucks center Larry Sanders said Antetokounmpo's teammates know what the second-year pro can bring. "He's such a skilled player," Sanders said. "He's only just scratching the surface of how good he's going to be. He's just tapping into new abilities and trying on new things. He's really learning about himself and it's amazing to watch." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

October 21, 2014 Updates

Giannis says Thanasis can be 'better' than him: He was probably just being polite, but Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo thinks his brother and Knicks draft pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo can be better than he is. "He can be better than me. I believe that," Giannis said Monday. Giannis added that his brother is "very athletic." "You can't [teach] that. Like some guys are tall. You can't [teach] tallness. The only thing you can do is improve your skills to play in this league. That's what he's doing. Just trying to improve his skills so he can make it in the league." ESPN.com

October 20, 2014 Updates

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