Milwaukee Bucks: Congratulations to @Giannis_An34 on being named to the @TIME 100 Most Influential People list!! #TIME100
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Giannis Antetokounmpo, who just won a second straight NBA MVP award, has all that and more. To watch him play is to see not just what is, but also what is possible. There is some mystical quality that quickens a fan’s heart when they see that person walk onto the court. The true sports hero makes our bones vibrate and flesh ripple in anticipation of witnessing greatness. I have no doubt that Giannis will extend the NBA records he holds—he already has the highest single-season Player Efficiency Rating, which combines all of a player’s stats, in NBA history—possibly beyond the reach of future generations. But a sports hero is more than records. Giannis sets an example by standing up for what he believes in. After leading the Milwaukee Bucks to the playoffs, he and his team protested the police shooting of Jacob Blake in their home state by refusing to play, sparking a wave of strikes and postponements throughout the NBA. I once asked Giannis what his name meant, and he told me “the crown has arrived.” It certainly has.
Considering Barrett is the Knicks’ most important bedrock piece, being left off both teams wasn’t a good sign. Relatively obscure first-year players such as P.J. Washington (Charlotte) and Terrence Davis (Toronto) edged Barrett out for second-team honors. “I thought he should have made it,’’ said one NBA head coach. “He had a significant role. Davis had a solid season but in a much lesser role.”
Last week, Terence Davis, who ended up playing in 72 games, averaging 7.5 points and 3.3 rebounds, was voted to the 2019-20 NBA All-Rookie second team. Company on the first team included the Memphis Grizzlies’ Ja Morant and Brandon Clarke, and the New Orleans Pelicans’ Zion Williamson. “Well, I really wasn’t expecting it at all. I forgot all about rookie accolades,” Davis said. “Now, I just got rewarded. That was a big-time, special moment for me right there. It’s a blessing.”
Joe Cowley: @JaMorant Ja is a transcendent player- no arguing that. But the ROTY should go to the most impactful. The NBA built a TV schedule around Zion and expanded a bubble for Zion. His 24 games were must-see TV. I’ll take that 24-and change PER and stand on that side of history.