Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo explains ladder incident after loss to 76ers

By | November 19, 2022

Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo was 4 for 15 from the free throw line in Friday’s 110-102 loss at Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo argued with an area employee and threw a ladder away from a basket, sending him tipping over as he tried to shoot free throws after the 110 loss- 102 of the Bucks towards Philadelphia on Friday night time.

After going 4-for-15 from the road, Antetokounmpo returned to the Wells Fargo Heart a number of minutes after the sport to shoot some free throws with a small variety of followers nonetheless within the constructing.

Antetokounmpo then missed his first 5 foul photographs in post-match observe. Throughout a break in filming for the two-time NBA MVP, area staff moved onto the sphere for his or her ordinary post-game actions.

One of many staff arrange a 12-foot ladder subsequent to the basket the place Antetokounmpo was capturing. Antetokounmpo approached the ladder and pushed it apart.

The worker put it again in place, a lot to Antetokounmpo’s chagrin. He approached the workers member, had a fast and heated verbal alternate, then shoved the ladder away once more, sending him crashing to the ground.

“I by no means attempt to disrespect anybody in any manner,” Antetokounmpo advised reporters afterwards. “I really feel like right now was simply an unlucky occasion that occurred.”

Antetokounmpo advised reporters the incident began when he began capturing free throws and was advised by a participant and a coach to go away the sphere. Antetokounmpo did not title the participant, however the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had video exhibiting Philadelphia’s Montrezl Harrell taking the ball from Anteokounmpo whereas the Bucks ahead was on the free throw line.

Antetokounmpo mentioned he went to get two extra balls and got here again to see the ladder in entrance of the basket.

“On the finish of the day, individuals are going to make issues look the way in which they need,” Antetokounmpo advised reporters. “Did I imply pushing the ladder all the way in which down?” I completely didn’t. I simply tried, I feel I pushed him and he bought caught and fell. However folks will make it appear to be no matter they need. I do know what occurred. I feel there are cameras throughout this courthouse. We will present the entire incident of individuals coming in and selecting up the ball, folks getting in entrance of me. I do not wish to get into all these issues.

“I do not know if I ought to apologize as a result of I do not really feel like I did something improper besides the ladder simply fell. I really feel like that is my proper to work on my expertise after a horrible night time from the free throw line. I feel anybody in my place who had an evening like me would exit and work on their free throws. And in the event that they did not not executed, they do not actually care about their sport.”

Phrase shortly unfold by means of the Wells Fargo Heart. Harrell, who was nonetheless on the opposite finish of the sphere speaking to a bunch of people together with 76ers staffers, started strolling in direction of Antetokounmpo, yelling at him for abusing the worker of the sector.

Harrell by no means made it previous half the sphere, as group workers managed to show him round and head for the Philadelphia locker room.

“Aye, be sure you get the complete story,” Harrell tweeted afterwards. “I ask the person if he can get off the pitch so I can practice, they needed to change the pitch so he ignores me so hey that is what you get! Respect that’s respect!