The cliched angle on the 2013-14 Bucks season has been, “Gee, it is a pretty dismal experience to watch the Bucks play basketball this season, buy my oh my, isn’t it fun to watch Giannis Antetokounmpo?”
So I’m here to tell you that watching the Bucks play the Heat last night was excruciating, even though Giannis continues to exhilarate regularly.
To wit: In the second quarter, Giannis took in a short outlet pass on the far free throw line approximately 80 feet from the hoop. He quickly accelerated up to full speed and dropped in a soft layup — having crossed the court in three dribbles.
My first impression was that it was a travel. But upon looking at a second angle, perhaps he took just two steps?
If he held off on gathering the ball until just after he picked up his left foot for the final time, then it’s legal. If not, he traveled.
It happens so fast that even after watching it 50 times, I can’t tell. How fast? Giannis catches the ball with 7:17 on the clock and releases the shot from his hand at 7:14. That’s how you get 80 feet in three dribbles.
And even if it is a travel, it’s impressive, because when I dribble a basketball, I have trouble going from the free throw line to the near baseline in three dribbles.