Giannis in the Skills Challenge? Giannis in the Skills Challenge.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks forward who has swept the NBA world off its feet, will be selected to participate in the Skills Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend, according to, who else, Adrian Wojnarowski. Guy has more scoops than an ice cream selling store. Because ice cream is traditionally served via scoop, most stores that sell exclusively ice cream would have a variety of scoopers on hand that create scoops. So there are a lot. But not more than the number of pieces of news Woj breaks, which for the sake of brevity and hilarity, I’m referring to as “scoops” here.
So. Back to Giannis. What he’s lacking in scoops, he’s making up for in ability to apparently charm everyone affiliated with the NBA. Bloggers in particular have been quite taken with him. When his parents attended Milwaukee’s most recent home game, Tweets like this were the norm:
I know nothing about Giannis’ parents other than I unconditionally love them.
— netw3rk (@netw3rk) February 4, 2014
Now Giannis is going to be the first Bucks player associated with All-Star weekend since Brandon Jennings in his rookie season. The former “Young Buck” also participated in the Skill Challenge. He did so while wearing a flat top hairstyle.
Giannis will be only the second non-guard to pilot his way through the obstacle course that has left many a pro cruising nonchalantly through after experiencing a hiccup at one point or another. The first non-guard was Lebron James.
No pressure though.