Majestic as all get out (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
Majestic as all get out (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)

What to Watch For: Bucks

The remarkable thing about the interest in Antetkounmpo isn’t just the breadth of coverage that he’s getting, it’s the type of coverage. A quick google search of ‘Giannis adorable’ will give you results from Yahoo!, USA Today, Dime Mag etc. A Twitter search of the same will render thousands of tweets. Even his entire family is considered cute.

A recent Scoop Jackson story on Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucksketball’s very own Jeremy Schmidt said, “An interesting thing I’m seeing with Giannis coverage and reaction is how often people are referring to him as ‘adorable.’ I can’t remember [hearing] that was one of the go-to adjectives when referring to a professional athlete. Everyone seems equal parts excited about what he’s capable of on the court and how he feels about having his very first smoothie.

“His naiveté and willingness to be forthcoming about how exciting new experiences are for him have turned him into a mix between an athletic marvel and a cat meme.”

Far be it from me to tell people to stop calling a 6’10” adult who has experienced very real hardships cute. It isn’t particularly sinister, but there’s a very real turn off to infantilizing and othering Antetokounmpo like he’s Prince Akeem from Coming to America.

Every “Aww! He had hamburgers for the first time,” casts Antetokounmpo as “the simple foreigner,” which is rather unflattering. It’s a disservice – not just to Giannis, but to everyone else. It robs every one of his complexity as a basketball player and individual for a simpler, effortless narrative that’s easy to digest. He is a bundle of contradictions – a package of personality and athleticism that’s never been seen in the league.

He’s going to grow up right in front of us. It’d be a shame if we don’t let him.

What to watch for: Celtics

The Milwaukee Bucks are 2-1 against the Boston Celtics this season – making the Celtics the only team that the Bucks have won multiple games all season. Surprising because Jared Sullinger (21 points and 14 rebounds on November 20) and Vitor Faverani (12 and 18 on November 1) have both had career games against the Bucks. I fully expect Sullinger to have 30 rebounds in a Bucks victory.

Logistics

Time – 7:00 p.m. CST

TV – FS Wisconsin

Radio – 620 WTMJ

Projected Lineups

Bucks:

PG: Brandon Knight

SG: Nate Wolters

SF: Khris Middleton

PF: John Henson

C: Larry Sanders

Celtics:

PG: Rajon Rondo Avery Bradley

SG: Gerald Wallace

SF: Jeff Green

PF: Brandon Bass

C: Jared Sullinger

Prediction: Bucks 97 – Celtics 91