At the risk of giving oxygen to something he absolutely does not deserve, local Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo has, in fact, done it again. Much like the sunrise and sunset or the inevitable heat death of the universe as a whole, every summer Giannis has a habit of making an impromptu statement to a media outlet that no one has ever heard of ( or will never hear again). ) about how maybe, just maybe, one day he will be a King of Sacramento or something.
For Bucks fans it’s become a ritual – for the rest of the idiots that make up the global basketball fandom (who obviously have very little information about Antetokounmpo as an individual) it’s a novelty that they can jump all over the place because hey some other dork “superstars” jumped ship before and oh my god how fun it all turned out when they failed and we viciously turned our rhetorical knives against them.
I present to you, dear Brew Hoop readers, the truly tedious 30-second clip that set America’s third-largest city on fire:
This is a clip of Giannis Antetokounmpo answering questions at a press conference to announce his investment and sponsorship of an Israeli telehealth start-up (???). For reasons that are unclear to anyone with an ounce of shame, someone who supposedly makes a living asking questions of notable figures has decided to squander perhaps the only opportunity he will ever have. ‘interviewing’ Giannis by pitching the idea of playing for the Bulls to him.
Ah yes, the Chicago Bulls.
A franchise notorious for not doing anything noteworthy in the quarter century since Michael Jordan’s retirement. The place where Jimmy Butler’s self-centeredness turned into full-fledged megalomania while leading them to a grand total of two Eastern Conference Semifinals and a glittering eighth place in his final season before everyone realized they were too sorry a franchise to build a winner around him. A team that hired Fred Hoiberg and then left him in charge for over a month before choosing an even worse replacement with badass Jim Boylen in the hopes that if you yell and intimidate humans enough they will be grateful to you. this. An organization whose inability to sign free agents of any stature makes it the NBA’s biggest has-been.
A team that in 2021 topped the entire league by trading for Nikola Vucevic. Led by a front office that just handed Zach LaVine, a player I’ve literally never seen play a second of defense in his eight-year career, $215.2 million guaranteed over five years. Supported, as we embarrassingly know, by a group of fans who have been comically tricked enough to think that their roster of dudes who have never done anything in their entire careers would literally fight the Milwaukee Bucks in revenge for bad Grayson Allen foul on Alex Caruso. Building a successful team culture is hard work, and Chicago has navigated an identity that hasn’t been renewed since Leo DiCaprio’s icy corpse just couldn’t find enough space on it. piece of wreckage in the North Atlantic that clearly had enough space for two people on it.
When you look at it that way, why on the Green Earth of God Giannis not demand that the Bucks trade him to Chicago right now?
But… what if Giannis didn’t really intend to be a bull one day? What if – and this is going to be a hard pill for some to swallow – Giannis is usually, even refreshingly honest and serious when answering media questions of all types? He’s the kind of guy who doesn’t seem to take anything for granted, and one particular reading of these annual quotes from Giannis might as well be taken as his solemn acknowledgment that even the best-laid plans can go awry. Who can really say that Giannis and the Bucks will remain simpatico throughout his playing career? I can’t, you can’t, and Giannis can’t, even though we collectively agree that the odds of things going wrong are pretty low. And so Giannis, being the real guy that he is, answers a question about playing in Chicago by responding that, hey, MJ played in Chicago, so maybe I would too.
In truth, other than those random one-liners, there’s been no hint in any of Giannis’ actions that he plans to do anything other than win it all as often as possible in Milwaukee. Coming from outside of America’s stratified youth basketball system, he has a keen understanding that the organization you play for is more than a company that writes you a check: it’s the physical manifestation of a city’s spirit, the basket into which fans from all walks of life have placed their hopes, prayers and support, the opportunity to transcend mortality and become the beloved icon of hundreds of thousands of people who will remember your name, your accomplishments, your grace and your greatness for as long as they breathe. Basketball fans seem to have forgotten that this is the basis on which the sport grows stronger and maintains its prestige not just for months or years, but decades. Giannis Antetokounmpo certainly didn’t.
So to the Bulls fans, to that random reporter, to the NBA fans, and to the basketball fans who read way too much into the words of a guy who spends most of his waking moments working on Dad tracks Joke, respectfully: go kick some rocks.