Mario Hezonja Rumors

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Mario Hezonja
Mario Hezonja
Position: G
Born: 02/25/95
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:195 lbs. / 88.5 kg.
Salary: $6,500,000
Hezonja, thrilled to be starting, has embraced the notion he doesn’t have to be a scorer hunting for shots as his reputation suggests. He’s looking to set a good example for the NBA’s youngest team as a facilitator and defender. Of course, he’d like to put the ball in the hoop, too. His shooting percentage this season is a ghastly 37.8 percent – 25.7 from 3. In the nine-game stint, he has only made 17 of 52 shots. “This is what I should be doing, but I need to score more,’’ the always garrulous Hezonja said. “I’m doing other things. I’m more focused on doing the right things and not being selfish out there. Playing the right basketball because we are the youngest team in the league and this matters.
Sources in Orlando have said Hezonja was happier when in the starting lineup. And Knicks GM Scott Perry was in Orlando for Hezonja’s first two rocky years there. Perry was part of a front office that made Hezonja, 23, the fifth overall pick in 2015. “Absolutely,’’ Hezonja said when asked if he’s more adept at starting. “Because you’re right into it. I’m the type of guy when the game starts, I’m ready for it. From the bench, you never know what’s going to happen the first few minutes of the game – do you come in with the lead, come in losing? You still have to have that killer mentality. Coming off bench you’re in a scoring role. It’s a little bit difficult. I love the starting lineup.’’
The Knicks sound like they already are moving on from Giannis Antetokounmpo’s weekend threat against Mario Hezonja. A source said the NBA “likely” will reach out to the Bucks, if it hasn’t already, over the Greek Freak’s declaration that he will “punch” Hezonja “in the nut next time” after the Knicks forward posed and stepped over Antetokounmpo following a dunk during Saturday’s OT win against Milwaukee at the Garden.
Storyline: Giannis-Hezonja Beef
Two days removed from the incident, Antetokounmpo expressed that he felt bad about his word choice, but not the message they sent. “What I said, I meant it,” Antetokounmpo said. “I’m a person that I don’t take words back. I wasn’t mad or frustrated after the game; it was more of a pride thing. But I know I’ve got to choose better words, try to word my sentences better. Sometimes it’s tough because I’m not here, I’m from overseas, so I come out as more harsh.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks let one slip away Sunday against the New York Knicks, losing 136-134 in overtime at Madison Square Garden. Milwaukee coughed up a 16-point second-half lead to a New York team with one of the worst records in the league. And the Greek Freak’s pride took a hit as well when Knicks forward Mario Hezonja stared down and stepped over a fallen Antetokunmpo after a first-quarter dunk. Some observers saw the move as a sign of disrespect, and Antetokunmpo was still not happy about it after the game. Asked if the move bothered him, Antetokounmpo was pretty direct with his displeasure. “Oh yeah, I’m going to punch him in the (groin) next time,” Antetokounmpo said.
Storyline: Giannis-Hezonja Beef