Should Giannis Be the New Face of the NBA?

 

Truth is, I did not watch a single minute of NBA basketball this season. Caught some highlights on the news, but didn’t watch any games. Last year was pretty much the same.

I know for many, the kneeling and protesting against America, while at the same time defending communist China, has turned people against the league. But what if the face of the league wasn’t LeBron James but Giannis Antetokounmpo? The so-called “Greek Freak” celebrated his 50-point performance in the NBA Finals by going to Chick-Fil-A and ordering a 50 piece box of chicken nuggets.

I’m not going to tell the NBA how to market themselves, but this video is just fun . . .

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  1. Ekosj Member
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    Vance Richards: Truth is, I did not watch a single minute of NBA basketball this season. Caught some highlights on the news, but didn’t watch any games. Last year was pretty much the same.

    I’m in the same boat as you.   Of course I’m a Knicks fan, so there is an argument to be made that I haven’t seen a minute of NBA basketball in 10 years.

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  2. LC Member
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    I don’t always follow the NBA given that it’s always the same teams. But I watched the playoffs this year since it was actually different. I’m glad because it was exciting for once. Even if I didn’t live just outside of Milwaukee, I would think it was an exciting final series.

    Giannis is great and everyone loves him around here. He had a really interesting childhood and upbringing. And he is a fantastic player. 

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  3. thelonious Member
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    Ekosj (View Comment):

    Vance Richards: Truth is, I did not watch a single minute of NBA basketball this season. Caught some highlights on the news, but didn’t watch any games. Last year was pretty much the same.

    I’m in the same boat as you. Of course I’m a Knicks fan, so there is an argument to be made that I haven’t seen a minute of NBA basketball in 10 years.

    Ironically the Knicks were pretty good this year. They actually made the playoffs.

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  4. EJHill Podcaster
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  5. WI Con Member
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    EJHill (View Comment):

    I haven’t watched in years. That’s one of the best things I’ve heard an athlete ever say. Let’s hope he’s one of the new, fresh faces of the NBA. He seems like a very decent guy.

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  6. Hoyacon Member
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    @Hoyacon

    It’s not the Lakers (see LeBron), it’s not the Warriors (see Steve Kerr), it’s not the Spurs (see Greg Popovich), so it’s all good.

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  7. Mark Camp Member
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    thelonious (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    Vance Richards: Truth is, I did not watch a single minute of NBA basketball this season. Caught some highlights on the news, but didn’t watch any games. Last year was pretty much the same.

    I’m in the same boat as you. Of course I’m a Knicks fan, so there is an argument to be made that I haven’t seen a minute of NBA basketball in 10 years.

    Ironically the Knicks were pretty good this year. They actually made the playoffs.

    I don’t know if they were pretty good or not.  I do know that making the playoffs, under the current NBA scheme, does not require a team to even be close to average.

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  8. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    That young woman had great poise, an outstanding representative for her restaurant brand. Service with a smile.

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  9. Chet Ross Member
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    EJHill (View Comment):

    Excellent clip of his interview — he is a very intelligent young man who speaks with a wisdom typically found much later in life. He was influenced and brought up by wise coaching and parents. I imagine when he reads a book, he is able to get well past page one of chapter one — unlike “king James”.

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  10. prairiedoc Member
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    He displays the joy of someone not burdened by the hatred and anger of leftism. Media may ignore him since he’s not “woke”.  I made an exception from my boycott of the nba to watch the Bucks.  I may even buy a ticket next year if Giannis and the team can remain apolitical.  

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  11. Charlotte Member
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    Adorbs. He has so much charisma.

    Congratulations to the City of Milwaukee (one of my hometowns) and to the Bucks. I’m so happy for all of them.

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  12. DJ EJ Member
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    As a born and raised Wauwatosa-n (a neighboring western suburb to Milwaukee), I enjoyed the Bucks dramatic (coming back from an 0-2 deficit against the Brooklyn Nets, coming back from an 0-2 deficit against the Suns) playoff run. My dad remembers the Bucks 1971 championship with Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Oscar Robertson, and I remember watching Bucks playoff games with him in the 80’s when they’d repeatedly run into the brick wall of Larry Bird and the Celtics. Last year, when many of the Bucks players pushed for boycotting the playoff game to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Giannis was one of the few players who was against the idea. The Bucks were swept out of the playoffs 0-4 by the Heat in that series. During the off season, all of the Bucks “woke” players, who see the NBA as a platform for social justice, were traded and players dedicated to working hard to win a championship were brought in, rumored to be at Giannis’s request. As Vance posted, the day after clinching the championship he went to Chick-fil-A and on Thursday afternoon after the downtown Bucks parade and celebration he went to Barnacle Buds (photos of the owner with Giannis on the website), a small bar/seafood restaurant right on the lakefront, both times without an entourage – this unpretentiousness is something Wisconsinites love. He has embraced Milwaukee as his home and owns a house in River Hills. Here’s a video about the American Dream aspects of his story produced by Milwaukee talk show host Dan O’Donnell:

     

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  13. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Democracy) Thatcher
    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Democracy)
    @GumbyMark

    Suns fan here.  If we had to lose to anyone I am glad it was Giannis (would have been particularly horrible to lose to the Lakers and LeBron).  Incredible player and seems like a good guy.  And don’t forget Suns coach Monty Williams, a terrific coach and even better man.

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  14. Joseph Stanko Coolidge
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    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    thelonious (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    Vance Richards: Truth is, I did not watch a single minute of NBA basketball this season. Caught some highlights on the news, but didn’t watch any games. Last year was pretty much the same.

    I’m in the same boat as you. Of course I’m a Knicks fan, so there is an argument to be made that I haven’t seen a minute of NBA basketball in 10 years.

    Ironically the Knicks were pretty good this year. They actually made the playoffs.

    I don’t know if they were pretty good or not. I do know that making the playoffs, under the current NBA scheme, does not require a team to even be close to average.

    And yet my Sacramento Kings haven’t even managed to clear that low bar in 15 years. 

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  15. thelonious Member
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    Joseph Stanko (View Comment):

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    thelonious (View Comment):

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    Vance Richards: Truth is, I did not watch a single minute of NBA basketball this season. Caught some highlights on the news, but didn’t watch any games. Last year was pretty much the same.

    I’m in the same boat as you. Of course I’m a Knicks fan, so there is an argument to be made that I haven’t seen a minute of NBA basketball in 10 years.

    Ironically the Knicks were pretty good this year. They actually made the playoffs.

    I don’t know if they were pretty good or not. I do know that making the playoffs, under the current NBA scheme, does not require a team to even be close to average.

    And yet my Sacramento Kings haven’t even managed to clear that low bar in 15 years.

    Picking Marvin Bagley over Luka Doncic and Trae Young is probably going to sting for awhile.

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  16. Joseph Stanko Coolidge
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    thelonious (View Comment):

    Picking Marvin Bagley over Luka Doncic and Trae Young is probably going to sting for awhile.

    It’s not just hindsight, Kings fans were outraged about that one on draft night.

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