Philadelphia – Giannis Antetokounmpo attacked the basket as usual at 34:16 on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. And he entered the free-throw line 15 times. Unfortunately for Antetokounmpo and the Bucks, he only made his four of them. Lost 110-102 to the Philadelphia 76ers.
After the game, Antetokounmpo took to the court to take an extra free throw shot in front of the rest of the team and arena employees.
Bally Sports Wisconsin and Bucks play-by-play voice Lisa Byington captured the early part of the routine and posted the video to Twitter.
Montrez Harrell stole the ball from Giannis Antetokounmpo during the post-match free-throw session.
Antetokounmpo said he made seven consecutive free throws before Philadelphia forward Montrez Harrell caught the final one that fell into the net. A video obtained by The Journal His Sentinels from a source in the building showed Harrell walking to the corner of the court with the ball. Antetokounmpo can be seen talking to Harrell, 76ers player development coach Jason Love stands in front of the Bucks forward, and the two continue to talk.
After the game, Antetokounmpo was visibly shaken in the locker room before finally speaking to reporters.
“Obviously I had a very bad night from the free throw line,” said Antetokounmpo. My goal is to hit 10 consecutive free throws every time I get in line.When I was 7 years old, a player, I don’t want to name you, but my coach basically said, I am leaving the court.
“Behind me, I had another space to do my routine. I respect all players. I would like to work on my skills and stuff, we can shoot together.
“They said, they told me no, this is their court, I should leave. I wanted to let you in. I shot the eighth shot. You came and took the ball away from me. I was very surprised. I feel it is very unprofessional. Professional I never take the ball away when athletes are trying to do their job. Put that extra work in and hopefully have a better night.
“And sometimes I think the people in this business, doing our work, should understand that. but you don’t care about them, so I was very surprised when they took the ball away from me.”
Montrez Harrell tweets about ‘respect’ after incident with Giannis
Harrell later tweeted. “
Giannis pushed the ladder to the ground as he came back to shoot the free throw
Antetokounmpo then said he left the court to get two more balls to shoot.
When he returned, arena operations staff had begun clearing the arena, including placing a ladder in front of the basket.
People in the arena filmed a video of Antetokounmpo pushing the ladder out of the way of the basket twice, the second time with enough force to topple it over.
“Can you move the ladder? And they said no,” Antetokounmpo continued. “Can you move the ladder? I went and pushed the ladder and I think I got caught in a net or something and fell off and I went back and finished the routine.
But at the end of the day, I think everyone knows my personality. Not everyone knows, but those who know my character know that I never try to disrespect anyone within the NBA, within his coaching staff, or within opposing teams. I always respect any player with the best words when asked. Or, from my rookie year until now, every time I shoot and finish my (pre-game) routine, I always shake hands with all the ball boys and make sure they appreciate their work. Check again and again that everything is fine. I do it for the Milwaukee ball boys and ball girls. They help us when we shoot. I try to do it on the road too. Never disrespect anyone. I feel like today was an unfortunate event.
“I don’t think people respected the fact that players sometimes want to do extra work. It could be three, five, seven. or putting a ladder in front of someone while they are trying to do their job. We didn’t just choose, we’re getting paid.”
Antetokounmpo was then asked if he was disappointed that there was a video of that part of the interaction.
“At the end of the day, people are trying to make things look the way they want them to,” he began. I didn’t at all. I think I just tried to push it and got caught and fell. But people try to make it look like they want it. i know what happened I think there are cameras all over this coat. I can show the whole incident where people come and get the ball or people hit me in the face. I don’t want to get into all those things.
“I don’t feel like I’ve done anything wrong, so I don’t know if I should apologize, but I just fell off the ladder. After a terrible night off the free-throw line, it’s up to me to work on my skills.” I feel like I’m entitled.” ..I think anyone in my position who has had a night like mine will go out and work on his free throws.And if they don’t, they’ll I don’t really care about my game.
As for Harrell, the 76ers forward also participated in a shout match with Thanasis Antetokounmpo around this time.
“I don’t think he tried to insult me,” Giannis Antetokounmpo said of Harrell. “He wanted to do his job, and I totally understand. I have a basketball court in my house and my kids go to the shoot all the time, so it’s interesting to me.” And then when it was 9pm, I would go get the ball out of their hands and I’d say, it’s my time, we’re going to bed. I feel more mature than that.
“We are professional athletes trying to do our job. You can go and ask him. I suggested him to shoot. Let’s shoot together. Meanwhile, right behind me.” I don’t understand this because there is a basket, like there was another basket, and he came to get my ball, had the coach come in front of me, keep me off the court, another I chose to go to the basket of I now have a child and I have to save money.
“But now if you think it’s disrespectful, it’s your fault. I’m fine, he’s trying to defend his home court, in any case I thought I was going to go get another ball.” I went and asked for another ball, I came and tried to shoot, but they tried to push me off the court so they put a ladder in front of me.”
The 76ers and Wells Fargo Center have not commented on the involvement of Harrell, Love and Arena staff.