HoopsHype Giannis Antetokounmpo rumors

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

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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

September 24, 2014 Updates

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

September 20, 2014 Updates

Gary Payton is visiting Athens, Greece, which is the last stop of the “NBA3x” tour and he had something Greek-related to announced in the local media. As the “Glove” revealed he was invited by his childhood friend Jayson Kidd to visit the Bucks during the training camp in order to help in Giannis Antetotokounmpo. Payton will not have a formal role in the coaching staff of Milwaukee, but he can be part of the process to turn the “Greek freak” into the first 7-foot point guard. As the former great player said in a joined interview, organized by OTE TV, the NBA’s television rights holder in the country: “When Jayson said to me that he intends to use him as a point guard, I told him to stop making jokes. “Gary don’t talk before you see him”, was his answer and I watched him during the Las Vegas Summer league. He can handle the ball, he can drive, he is smart and he is really athletic. That’s why I was asked to go to Milwaukee during the training camp in order to help him adapt to the demands of the modern point guard position”. EuroHoops.net

September 19, 2014 Updates
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Jason Kidd had a vision going to Milwaukee: to see Giannis Antetokounmpo running the point for the Bucks from the "1" position. The new coach of the "Bucks" is not only determined to implement this idea, but will have the help of one of the top point guards of the 90s in this effort: Gary Payton. Gary Payton is in Athens today and at an event held during the afternoon in the northern suburbs, he revealed that he has agreed with the Bucks to assume the role of 'Special Advisor' for Giannis Antetokounmpo during next season. The "Glove" will start work during pre-season, which will begin at the end of the month, and said that he has met with the 19 year old forward in Las Vegas, as well as with Jason Kidd, with whom he has a long friendship from the years they have both played in the NBA. Brew Hoop

September 8, 2014 Updates

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Greek national team returned to Athens at the first morning hours of Monday and what he had to say to Eurohoops was that he intends to always answer the call of the national team, after his experience in the FIBA World Cup. As he said: “Whenever the national team calls me, I will be present, provided that I am healthy. I experience a moment with our captain, Nikos Zisis after the game. I saw him, a very experienced player, shading a tear. Honestly that changed my whole perception about the national team. I understood what the national team means for those guys and I hope after many years to be in his position. I hope this team would have the same meaning for me, even more compared to the many things it already means”. EuroHoops.net

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Giannis Antetokounmpo: I'll never leave the team and the city of Milwaukee till we build the team to a championship level team... It needs a lot of work but me and the guys we are ready to take the challenge.. #HateLoosing #BecomingAleader @Milwaukee Bucks Twitter @G_ante34

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