Sean Sweeney Rumors
Antetokounmpo learned a lot from Kidd, but also spends a large majority of his life with Bucks assistant coach Sean Sweeney. It’s impossible to go a day without seeing those two together on the practice floor, walking to the film room, or simply discussing something together. They’re inseparable, but also they might have to be separated if Sweeney is no longer with the team later this week. He is, after all, a Kidd hire and an assistant that had no other connection to the organization before Kidd brought him on the staff.
The only reason any of that is noteworthy has to do with Saturday’s game against the Utah Jazz. After the game, video surfaced of Antetokounmpo yelling threats at Sweeney on the bench during the second half before being held back by teammates. It was an intense moment, but there were no residual effects Sunday as they got back to work. “That’s what me and Sweeney do,” Antetokounmpo said, later pointing to Sweeney grinning across the gym and remarking that Sweeney is usually loath to crack a smile. “You always fight with your brothers. It’s something common. Me and Sweeney we’re so tight. He always speaks the truth to me and I always speak the truth to him. We’ve done this in the past, just this time it was caught on national TV.
“But me and Sweeney we’re OK, that’s what we do — we fight, we argue, but at the end of the day, we both want to win. I don’t think there’s anybody from this team who wants to win more than Sweeney and me and coach (Jason) Kidd, of course.”
Tim Bontemps: This whole thing is very silly. There are few relationships between player and coach in the league closer than the one between Giannis and Sweeney. Emotions run hot in games all the time.