More often than not, Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo is considered one of the “nice guys” in the NBA.
His friendly attitude, bad jokes during media days, and smile all form the image of a kind and fun-loving player in Milwaukee, and throughout his young career, the Greek Freak has never been involved in any major incidents that would change that opinion. Hell, even when Giannis practically ran over Mike Dunleavy as he came down from a jumpshot during the 2015 Playoffs, Antetokounmpo was given the benefit of the doubt because of what Dunleavy had done prior.
But after the Bucks’ most recent game against the Utah Jazz, the public perception of Giannis may have changed slightly.
Midway through the third quarter, the Milwaukee Bucks called a timeout, and during said TO, Bucks assistant coach Sean Sweeney had some criticism for Giannis. Antetokounmpo didn’t like the way he was spoken to, and got visibly frustrated.
Giannis Antetokounmpo got into it with Assistant coach Sean Sweeney after being told off during a timeout. pic.twitter.com/OcwlRcHwS4
— Brad Stevenson (@BradStevensonFW) November 26, 2017
If you, like me, enjoy the art of lip-reading, it’s not hard to decipher what Giannis was saying to his assistant coach. “I will f-ck you up,” Antetokounmpo repeated as he got up in a fit of anger, having to be restrained slightly by teammates.
Could Giannis’ ‘good guy’ image take a major hit after something like this, or could it even go as far as affecting Antetokounmpo’s chances at MVP? We’ll have to wait and see the fallout in the coming days.