Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and his girlfriend Mariah Riddlesprigger have just announced the birth of their baby boy, Liam Charles Antetokounmpo. Naturally, basketball fans were quick to congratulate the reigning MVP - and speculate on how the new addition might impact the NBA moving forward.
Check out Giannis' announcement, along with some of the instant reactions, below.
Giannis and the Bucks have two more games remaining on the schedule before the All Star break, including a home game against the Sacramento Kings on Monday night and a matchup in Indiana on Tuesday. The team has not yet announced Antetokounmpo's status for tonight's game following the birth of his son, but he has more than earned the right to take a night or two off.
The 25-year old forward continues to improve upon his MVP season from a year ago, as he is currently averaging 30 points, 13.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game, all while leading the Bucks to an NBA-best 45-7 record. Additionally, he earned All Star Captain honors for the third straight season and will once again lead his squad against LeBron James and company in the All Star Game this Sunday, February 16th.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Shades James Harden During All Star Draft: Watch
The Greek Freak took a jab at The Beard during the All Star selection process.
Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo was faced with a tough decision during the opening round of the NBA All Star Draft on Thursday night, needing to choose a point guard between Kemba Walker, Trae Young and James Harden. Despite having three options available, Giannis was clearly only considering two - and neither was the man he beat out for the MVP award a season ago.
Prior to making his selection, Giannis mentioned that he was torn between Walker and Young, which paved the way for Charles Barkley to chime in, "You don't want the dribbler?" In response, the Greek Freak took a lighthearted jab at Harden, saying with a laugh, "I want somebody that's gonna pass the ball, that's all I want."
Giannis ultimately selected Kemba and LeBron had an opportunity to make things extremely awkward by selecting Trae Young, but he went with The Beard instead. Although Harden has a reputation for getting up a ton of shots, it's worth noting that he is currently averaging 7.3 assists per game which ranks eighth in the league. Walker, meanwhile, averages five dimes per night.
Overall, it looks like Harden and Team LeBron will have the last laugh on February 16th because, to put it plainly, the Greek Freak completely dropped the ball again. Click here to see what #NBATwitter had to say about Giannis' draft strategy.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo Is Getting Roasted Again For His Terrible All Star Draft
Team LeBron is STACKED.
For the third straight year it'll be Team Giannis vs Team LeBron in the All Star Game. And for the third straight year LeBron dominated Giannis during the All Star Draft.
Prior to Thursday night's double-header, TNT aired the video of both superstars going pick-for-pick, starting with LeBron who selected his Lakers teammate Anthony Davis No. 1 overall. Giannis responded by selecting Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid with his first pick - and it was all down hill from there.
Yes, every player in the pool is an All Star and you never know what can happen out on the court - but Team LeBron is absolutely stacked when compared to the Greek Freak's roster. I mean, look at this lineup of reserves for Team LeBron: Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum, Nikola Jokic, Chris Paul and Domantas Sabonis. LeBron's starting lineup consists of Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Luka Doncic, James Harden. Not great for Team Giannis!
The Greek Freak's starters are: Embiid, Pascal Siakam, Kemba Walker and Trae Young. The reserves Antetokounmpo drafted, in order, include Bam Adebayo, Rudy Gobert, Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Brandon Ingram and Donovan Mitchell.
On paper it certainly looks like Team LeBron has a clear advantage, but we'll have to see how everything plays out on the court on Sunday, February 16th. Thus far, Team LeBron is 2-0 against Team Giannis.
Check out the reactions to Giannis' draft strategy below, and click here to see the new All Star Game format in honor of Kobe Bryant.
Giannis Antetokounmpo & Luka Doncic Thirst Over J-Lo & Shakira
Both of these guys weren't ready.
Last night, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 31-20 to win their first Super Bowl in 50 years. It was a huge game that saw Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes mount a comeback in the late stages of the game. At one point, the Chiefs were down by 10 points with just eight minutes to go. Thanks to some big stops on defense and clutch plays from Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce, the Chiefs were able to get the win.
At halftime, we were graced with a halftime show from Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. The two put on quite the performance and many on Twitter took notice with some of the thirstiest tweets we have ever seen. NBA stars weren't an exception to this rule as both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic let us know just how enamored they were.
Giannis has been fairly lowkey about these matters in the past so it was a bit jarring to see him be so openly lusty on the timeline, but we digress. We just hope he didn't get in too much trouble with his significant other. As for Luka, he's still a young kid so we definitely get the reaction.
What did you think of the halftime performance?
Giannis’ Nike Zoom Freak 1 "All Bros" Coming Soon: Official Photos
Giannis is honoring his four brothers with this colorway.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has been one of the most mesmerizing basketball players in the NBA over the last three seasons. Last year, Giannis was able to win the MVP trophy and this season, he is well on his way to winning the honor again. Thanks to his efforts out on the court, Giannis has his very own shoe called the Nike Zoom Freak 1. There have been plenty of dope colorways over the last year and now, yet another is making its way to the market.
There have been two “All Bros” colorways so far and now, we are getting a third. This particular “All Bros” colorway is teal and features a peach midsole. Of course, the name of the colorway is a nod to his four brothers Alexis, Francis, Thanasis, and Kostas. As of right now, both Kostas and Thanasis are playing in the NBA which just goes to show how athletic his family is.
As of right now, this colorway doesn’t have a release date although you can expect it to drop sometime in the near future. Let us know in the comments below what you think of these.
LeBron James & Giannis Named All-Star Captains, Starters Revealed
These lineups are pretty stacked.
We're already at the midway point of the NBA season which means the All-Star game is only a few short weeks away. The game is going to go down on Sunday, February 16th in Chicago and fans are excited to see which players are going to end up in the game. Yesterday, fans got a glimpse at what the game will be like as the starters were finally revealed. Just like last year, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will serve as captains for the match.
The rest of the lineups are looking pretty stacked. In the Eastern Conference, the starters will be Giannis, Trae Young, Joel Embiid, Kemba Walker, and Pascal Siakim. Meanwhile, the Western Conference will feature LeBron, Kawhi Leonard, Luka Doncic, Anthony Davis, and James Harden.
It remains to be seen who else will be playing in the game. Fans are excited to see some of the best players in the world participate in what should be the biggest event of the year, aside from the playoffs, of course. With LeBron and AD teamed up together, the game will certainly be a ton of fun. Meanwhile, we hope Dwight Howard gets a spot considering he will be in the dunk contest.
What do you think of this crop of starters?
Top 10 Current NBA Players & Their Rap Counterpart
We try to break down which rappers represent the best NBA players in the game.
Ballplayers want to be rappers and rappers want to be ballplayers. It’s an age-old adage. The NBA has long been a core piece of hip-hop culture – from Allen Iverson heralding a new era of emphatic urban style to rappers being fanatical about basketball sneakers. And of course, rap songs are often laden with references to the game’s most iconic players.
“Which park are y’all playing basketball/Get me on the court and I’m trouble/Last week fucked around and got a triple double/Freaking niggas every way like MJ/I can’t believe today was a good day” – Ice Cube
“Real quick, real sick, raw nights, I perform like Mike/Anyone—Tyson, Jordan, Jackson, action, pack guns” – Biggie
“But I’m limitless mentally, I’m lyrically ZMT/Lebron shit, I was in that 6 after 23” – Wale
“Went from most hated to the champion god flow/I guess that’s a feeling only me and LeBron know” – Kanye
NBA stars have attempted to crossover into rap with great regularity. Shaquille O’Neal dropped four studio albums (although he’s not quite as dominant in the booth as he is on the block) and Ron Artest even started a record label. And whether its Stephon Marbury in Big Pun’s “Whatcha Gone Do” video or LeBron popping up in Jay-Z’s “D.O.A” visual or, let’s not forget, Ray Allen’s unforgettable cameo in Public Enemy’s “He Got Game,” Ballers haven’t ever been shy about popping up in rap videos. MC’s are mainstays at NBA games; if you turn on a Hawks game, you’ll often see Gucci Mane sitting court-side or Ice Cube on the hardwood at Laker games. Given all the crossover and cultural importance these two share, I thought it was only right to draw some comparisons.
Trae Young (DaBaby)
New on the scene but with an adept game and a lot of swag. Their moves on the court/stage get the crowd going. Both are more than willing to provide a good assist. DaBaby with a host of saucy features, including Megan Thee Stallion‘s “Cash Shit” and Quality Control‘s “Baby.” Trae with the frequent no-look pass or alley-oop. Young Ice is Top 5 in the NBA in scoring and assists. Neither’s success has come without hate. People criticize DaBaby over his singular method of flow. But those nay-sayers may be missing the actual bars he’s spitting. Like, are you even listening? Not to mention he’s got a chart-topping album. The same goes for Trae. People talk about the Hawks record but overlook the fact he a). Has 0 help and b). Is putting up historic numbers for an NBA sophomore.
Anthony Davis (Meek Mill)
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It always seemed like one thing after the other for these two. Nick-nack injuries, an incompetent General Manager – probation, legal fight after legal fight, beef. Neither could ever quite seem to get over the hump but now they are in significantly better situations. Davis is a Los Angeles Laker; running flank to LeBron James. Meek has rebounded from being the target of maybe the biggest hit diss record ever and has been released from prison. With monkeys off their back, Davis is vying for a title this season and Meek is eyeing his first Grammy for Album of the Year. These two have the potential to be the best in the game. Before his coup to exit New Orleans, Davis was pegged as next in line to take over the league while Meek was pinned the new Jay-Z. They have the talent but questions still remain about whether they can elevate their game even more to reach their potential.
Luka Doncic (YBN Cordae)
Young but polished. These guys both burst onto the scene looking to compete immediately with absolutely no fear – I’m sure to the surprise of many. Cordae’s delivery as velvety and fluid as Luka’s step-back jumper. Each has his eye on running the game for years to come. they’re also not afraid to go at the neck of an all-time great. YBN responded to J. Cole’s “1985” while Luka has dropped a 30-point triple-double on LeBron’s head top. Bright futures await this pair. Both will be hoisting trophies in the years to come.
Damian Lillard (Dame DOLLA)
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There’s not a better comparison for Damian Lillard on the court than Damian Lillard in the booth. He plays the way he raps. Even keel. Consistent. Sharp. And they’ve been underrated for a long time. Another similarity, they both need to get out of Portland! Neither is willing to back down from a challenge. Damian went nose to nose with Russell Westbrook who barked and barked at him during the first round playoff series – sending OKC home with an elimination-game buzzer-beater. Dame DOLLA is no stranger to beef wither. He’s battled rapped the likes of Marvin Bagley III and Shaq, taking home victories in both bouts.
James Harden (Travis Scott)
Their numbers are as gaudy as their eye for attention-grabbing ensembles and jewelry. To go along with their creative fashion choices, each posts flashy numbers. Stats tell you they’re two of the best in their individual games. But success hasn’t just come on a silver platter. Harden began his career as a 6th man, coming off the bench in OKC. Then transformed in the virtually unstoppable scoring machine we see today. As shown in his recent documentary, Travis had a steep climb up the mountain as well. A video that went viral shows Scott performing for a few dozen people in 2013. Compare that to La Flame selling out the AstroWorld festival just 6 years later. Harden went from 6th man of the year in 2012 to NBA MVP in 2018. An equally impressive rise.
Jimmy Butler (Pusha T)
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These two do so much for their team. Jimmy is Mr. Everything for Miami while Pusha T is the President of GOOD music with the second most releases under the label. Neither puts up the splashy numbers but they’re incredibly effective in big moments. While their stats won’t jump off the page, they consistently deliver. Both are winners. Put them up against anybody rapping or hooping and they have the ability to come out on top. Of course this pair is not afraid of a little beef. Pusha and Jimmy have regularly had spats with peers. Butler can trash-talk with the best of them while Pusha diss records are the stuff of legend.
Nikola Jokic (Jack Harlow)
At first glance and maybe even second, most people wouldn’t recognize them on a city block. But these two are erudite in their craft at the highest level. Harlow and Jokic can hold their own against some of the best in the game. In the basketball community, Jokic gets mad love but the casual fan may not fully appreciate his ability. The same could go for Harlow who isn’t as well known as he should be.
LeBron James (Drake)
The numbers say they’re the best ever, but both have their doubters. Harshly criticized by the general public each just keeps on compiling milestone after milestone. Drake and LeBron have had their forgettable moments that amount to tiny stains on Rushmore resumes. The fact is, you can’t tell the story of hip-hop without Drake and you can’t tell the story of the NBA without LeBron James. The pair have single-handedly changed the culture of their respective industries. LeBron ushered in positionless basketball while Drake took the role of rapper-singer to new heights. Label them, all-around players, because of their versatility. Lebron can do just about everything on both ends of the court, while Drake can rap, sing, act, do comedy. Hell, I’m not sure if there’s anything this guy can’t do. To top the comparison off they are both chasing legacies many feel are untouchable no matter what they do (Jay-Z & Michael Jeffery Jordan).
Kawhi Leonard (Kendrick Lamar)
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Both L.A. guys. Both don’t quite get the recognition they deserve but are arguably the best in the game. The only question left about them is, how much longer will the run continue. Mild-mannered and unassuming off the court or stage their performance has a mercurial nature about it. Oh, and they make greatness look effortless. Two defensive player of the year awards, two finals MVPs and two championships versus 37 Grammy nominations and 13 wins. All since 2013. They’ve got the hardware to back up an all-time resume. Each has accomplished a lot in a short period of time. Both had to pay their dues before having the breakout year that changed their careers.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (J. Cole)
Giannis and Cole are humble superstars, true to their roots and the soil that bred them. Both possess a tremendous work ethic and the ability to make those around them better. Giannis is one of the only players in the NBA averaging more than 10 rebounds and 5 assists per game. Cole dished out plenty of assists on features in 2019, including some fire bars on Jay Rock’s “OSOM.” He’s even featured on what may be the Grammy winner for Song of the Year – 21 Savage’s hit, “A lot.” But don’t let the smile and even temperament fool you. If you push them far enough, they’ll get gully on you real quick. These stars are giving but they don’t have a problem shouldering a superstar’s burden. Giannis has been vocal about not wanting to team up with other marquee players in the league, rather wanting to beat them. Similarly, Cole had an album go platinum with NO FEATURES.
Kevin Durant (Wale)
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Some things just write themselves. There’s the obvious DMV connection. Both are constantly in their feelings, funny and candid on twitter. Seems like they’re always at war with themselves. Neither is afraid to speak their mind and go after their critics. Wale and Durant seem to search for the validation and praise they feel aren’t justly given. Wale has classic mixtapes but people say he doesn’t have a classic album while Durant has two rings but doubters say he rode the coattails of the Warriors big three for those. Durant left Oklahoma City for Golden State – Wale left Atlantic Records for Warner. Both are cemented in the eyes of some but personally feel there’s something left to be proven.
Their Innovative styles changed the game. Curry virtually eliminated traditional centers and is single-handedly responsible for the rise of 30-foot chucks in the game. Few have influenced this era of rap like Young Thug; BBC named him the 21st Century’s most influential. Curry attracted KD to join him in Golden State. Thug attracted some of the game’s hottest new artists like Gunna and Lil Keed to YSL records, his label. Curry has kids everywhere emulating his style. Thug has kids everywhere dressing like him and rapping/singing auto-tuned.
This article is sure to stir up some heated debate, but I SAID WHAT I SAID! Sound off in the comments with your opinion.
Stephen A. Smith Reveals Which Team He Hopes Giannis Signs With
Stephen A. Smith wants to see West Coast Giannis.
Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo still has two years left on his four-year, $100 million contract, but the Bucks will be able to offer him a staggering five-year, $247 million supermax this summer. Whether or not Giannis agrees to sign that extension or opts to explore free agency in 2021 remains to be seen.
In the meantime, there will be plenty of time to speculate about the Greek Freak's future and the possibility of him playing elsewhere has intrigued NBA fans and media personalities alike. This includes ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, who recently said that he hopes Giannis will end up in San Francisco alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
“Honestly, I wish Giannis would go to the Warriors this offseason. I think a superstar like that should be in a bigger market. Could you imagine somebody like Giannis surrounded by Steph Curry and Klay Thompson? Golden State would be back in the championship for the next three to five years.”
The do-it-all forward posted career highs across the board last season with 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals per game while guiding the Bucks an NBA-best 60-22 record. He has only upped those numbers in 40 appearances this year, as he currently boasts averages of 30.1 points and 12.9 boards to go along with 5.5 dimes per night. As a result, the Bucks hold the best record in the NBA at 37-6.
On the flip side, the Warriors have the worst record in the NBA due to the fact that The Splash Brothers are sidelined with injuries. If the Bucks underperform in the playoffs should Giannis risk his supermax payday to go compete in an already loaded Western Conference? Have fun debating that topic for the next year!
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Lakers’ LeBron James, Alex Caruso Continue To Climb In All-Star Fan Vote
LeBron maintains top spot while Caruso climbs to fourth among guards out West.
The second to last NBA All Star fan vote returns were revealed on Thursday afternoon, and Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James still holds the most votes of any player in the league. In fact, there are three Lakers players racking up the fan votes at the moment.
In addition to Anthony Davis, who is second among Western Conference front court players, third-year guard Alex Caruso aka "The Goat" has climbed all the way to fourth among guards in the West. He currently ranks ahead of Russell Westbrook, Donovan Mitchell and Devin Booker, among others.
In the East, Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo is still the leading vote-getter with a total of 4,474,107 nominations. Assuming both he and LeBron hold on to their leads, we'll be looking at Team LeBron vs Team Giannis for the third consecutive time in the All Star Game.
Thus far, Team LeBron is 2-0.
The vote for All-Star Game starters will also include contributions from NBA players and the media, but the fans will account for 50% of the vote. Fans will be able to cast their vote up until Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 20 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
"Fans may submit one full ballot each day the NBA App and NBA.com, as well as on Google and through Google Assistant. All current NBA players will be available for selection. Five “2-for-1 Days” will allow fans to have their votes count twice on Jan. 2, Jan. 3, Jan. 10, Jan. 16 and Jan. 20 through all voting platforms. All “2-for-1 Days” will be designated 12 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. ET."
TNT will reveal the NBA All-Star Game starters, including the two team captains, on Thursday, January 23, followed by the reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, on Thursday, January 30. The All-Star Game itself will take place at the United Center on Sunday, February 16.
Steph Curry Reveals What He Really Told Giannis Antetokounmpo
It was all about a video game.
Steph Curry had all of NBA Twitter freaking out last night as he was caught sharing a few words with Giannis Antetokounmpo after the Warriors game against the Bucks. In the clip, it looks like Steph is asking Giannis to come to Golden State when his contract runs out. There is no audio of what Steph said although fans were quick to make it seem as though Steph is a better recruiter than Coach K.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, Steph reached out to him today to clear the air on what he really said. As Haynes explains, Curry actually said “Come see me on this game. We can team up and do some damage. Let’s do it. C’mon.” This was allegedly in reference to the video game PlayerUnknown's: Battlegrounds or PUBG for short.
Curry's reasoning for the exchange is just a tad suspect. It's hard to believe the two were simply talking about video games although you really never know. It's certainly plausible but at the same time, Curry is known for recruiting players to Golden State so it's hard to gauge what the truth is.
Regardless, free agency in 2021 is about to get interesting. Meanwhile, it will be interesting to know how much fun Giannis and Steph have on PUBG later.