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Giannis in the Skills Challenge? Giannis in the Skills Challenge.

| February 6, 2014

Category: Feelgoodery

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Referees begin to sweat visibly when faced with the prospect of having to call a foul or violation on Giannis.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Referees begin to sweat visibly when faced with the prospect of having to call a foul or violation on Giannis. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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:

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.

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Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball. He founded it in January of 2009 because he hated his job. It’s like basketball, but with Bucks instead of basket. I know ... I’m sorry. He might come off as a bit negative, but I'm really not so bad. He just wants the Bucks to succeed, so he points out areas where they are coming up short. Someone has got to do it and he's ornery and opinionated enough to take on that task. He isn't sure if this should be in third person or not. Contact him at Jeremy@Bucksketball.com if you must use e-mail.

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