On Saturday, Giannis the Greek Gangbanger showed his real side and true colors by throwing a chair and threatening to “fuck up” assistant coach Sean Sweeney during the Bucks loss to the Jazz. I’m obviously kidding about Giannis Antetokounmpo being a Greek Gangbanger and an asshole. He, along with his brother Thanasis, are two of the nicest players I’ve ever met and interviewed. I’m not exaggerating just to make Giannis’ look like an angel but he really is one of the nicest and most humble super rich and talented people you will ever meet. With that said, it was a little surprising and very amusing to watch him tell his coach, “I will fuck you up.”
On Sunday, Giannis addressed the viral video.
“That’s what me and Sweeney do. You always fight with your brothers. Me and Sweeney are so tight. He always speaks the truth to me and I always speak the truth to him. This time it was caught on national TV, but me and Sweeney are OK. That’s what we do. We fight. We argue. At the end of the day we both want to win. I don’t think there’s anybody who wants to win more than Sweeney and me, and Coach K of course.
Speaking of Coach Jason Kidd, here’s an equally amusing story by Giannis about the time he did a Google search on Kidd after getting benched.
Pro sports age everybody. There was the night in his first season when Antetokounmpo’s agent at Octagon, Alex Saratsis, told him that a Bucks assistant coach believed he wasn’t working hard enough. “You can tell me I’m not playing well,” Antetokounmpo replied, tears in his eyes. “You can tell me I’m not doing the right things. But you cannot tell me this. I won’t accept it.” And there was the night in his second season when the Bucks’ new head coach, Jason Kidd, banned him from shooting three-pointers. “I want to shoot threes,” Antetokounmpo argued. “How can I not shoot threes?” Geiger left for the Suns. Morway went to the Jazz. Nate Wolters, Antetokounmpo’s best friend on the team, was waived. “I didn’t know all that would happen,” Antetokounmpo says. “You build these relationships, know these people, and then all of a sudden you get a text in the summer: ‘I’m not coming back.’ What? You get mad. You learn this is a business.”
The first time Kidd benched him, Antetokounmpo was irate. “I was like, ‘Let’s see what this guy did in his career, anyway,’” Antetokounmpo recounts, and called up Kidd’s bio on his phone. “I saw Rookie of the Year, NBA championship, USA Olympic gold medal, second in assists, fifth in made threes, blah, blah, blah. I was like, ‘Jesus freaking Christ, how can I compete with that? I better zip it.’”
I’m in no way taking a shot at Giannis by posting the following tweet, but I think this post by Coach Dave Miller is a great one and relevant to this story.