HoopsHype Giannis Antetokounmpo rumors

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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Milwaukee Bucks: Coach Kidd: Tomorrow’s starting five has Giannis at PG, Khris at SG along with Jabari, Ersan and Zaza. #OwnTheFuture Twitter @Bucks

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Jason Kidd was hired as the team’s coach over the summer and he wants to move Antetokounmpo from small forward to point guard. Kidd believes the second-year player has the skill set to thrive as a floor general, and envisions him being a match-up nightmare with his 6’11 frame and 7’5 wingspan. The 19-year-old has been working out in Milwaukee with teammates and is prepared to make the transition to the one. “I’m not going to say I was shocked by it,” Antetokounmpo told Basketball Insiders when asked about the move to point guard. “It’s something that I feel comfortable with and I’ll play wherever Coach wants me to play, especially when it’s Coach Kidd who thinks that I can play point guard. That makes me feel like, ‘I can play it. I can play point guard.’ I’m going to try my best and just listen to Coach. I’ll do whatever Coach says to do and I’ll get more comfortable.” Basketball Insiders

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Kidd believes the second-year player has the skill set to thrive as a floor general, and envisions him being a match-up nightmare with his 6’11 frame and 7’5 wingspan. The 19-year-old has been working out in Milwaukee with teammates and is prepared to make the transition to the one. “I’m not going to say I was shocked by it,” Antetokounmpo told Basketball Insiders when asked about the move to point guard. “It’s something that I feel comfortable with and I’ll play wherever Coach wants me to play, especially when it’s Coach Kidd who thinks that I can play point guard. That makes me feel like, ‘I can play it. I can play point guard.’ I’m going to try my best and just listen to Coach. I’ll do whatever Coach says to do and I’ll get more comfortable.” Basketball Insiders

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