Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, 76ers’ Montrezl Harrell involved in postgame altercation

PHILADELPHIA – Stolen basketballs. Crashing ladders. Petty refusals and threats of violence.

This was the scene that dominated Friday night time on the Wells Fargo Center, which unfolded after the 76ers beat the Bucks 110-102.

Milwaukee famous person Giannis Antetokounmpo tried to shoot further foul pictures after a horrible sport he had on the line. The Sixers’ backup middle Montrezl Harrell and a training employees member, Jordan Love, returned to the court docket, and Harrell took the ball from Giannis and refused to present it again.

Harrell stood in the nook shaking his head and holding the ball whereas Antetokounmpo pleaded with him.

“This is not f—— Milwaukee,” Harrell barked at Antetokounmpo, as witnessed by The Athletic. “Get that s— out of there.”

As if a bench participant taking the ball from a two-time MVP, after a sport, and screaming at him wasn’t unusual sufficient, the state of affairs grew much more weird. Love stood between Giannis and Harrell and advised Antetokounmpo he couldn’t have a ball to shoot, and was not allowed to shoot on the ground after the sport.

So Antetokounmpo, who shot 4-of-15 from the road through the sport, for the worst taking pictures efficiency of his profession, left the court docket and returned with two basketballs.

Only when he got here again, a Wells Fargo Center worker pushed a big, A-frame ladder in entrance of the ring the place Giannis was taking pictures. Antetokounmpo requested the person to maneuver the ladder so he might end his taking pictures, and twice the person mentioned no.

Now indignant on the stunning circumstances he was going through, Giannis tried to maneuver the ladder out of the best way and wound up knocking it over. The enviornment worker scattered because the ladder crashed to the court docket.

Video of the incident with the ladder was posted to Twitter by a Philadelphia fan in the world.

“I by no means attempt to disrespect anybody, in any manner form or kind,” Antetokounmpo mentioned, an hour after the incident. “I really feel like at this time was simply an unlucky occasion that occurred. I believe individuals didn’t respect the truth that typically gamers wish to get some further work in. I believe it is unprofessional to kick any person off the court docket or take the ball or regardless of the case could be. Or put the ladder in entrance of any person whereas he is attempting to do his job. We receives a commission to do that. They did not simply decide us. We receives a commission.”

There’s extra. Antetokounmpo, now visibly pissed off, continued his work at one finish of the ground, whereas Harrell was taking pictures on the different.

“Yeah I took the ball, get the f— outta right here,” Harrell mentioned, as Giannis shouted from his finish: “I’m doing my f—— job.”

After Antetokounmpo left the court docket for good, his brother, Milwaukee teammate Thanasis Antetokounmpo, walked to midcourt to talk to Harrell. The Sixers’ reserve middle threatened Thanasis, saying at separate instances “I’ll beat your a–” and “you higher ship that s— again to the locker room.” Thanasis walked away with out incident.

The Sixers declined to remark, however a league supply mentioned enviornment staff instantly eliminated video tools from the tops of each backboards after each sport. Philadelphia hosts Minnesota at Wells Fargo on Saturday.

It appeared Harrell’s drawback was that an opposing participant, in this case, Giannis, mustn’t attempt to get further pictures up because the visiting staff after a sport. But there isn’t a rule, written or unwritten, stopping it, and gamers from each groups who both wrestle to shoot, or did not get to play a lot, typically return to the ground after the sport for a bit further work.

Giannis was nonetheless agitated when he returned to the locker room as he recounted the incident to his teammates, who shook their heads in disbelief. The environment inside was tense, and fairly, save for Giannis’ voice as he defined and re-explained what occurred.

Then somebody repeatedly turned the lights out in the room as gamers have been attempting to complete getting dressed, which upset much more of them.

It turned out the perpetrator was Liam Antetokounmpo, Giannis’ 2-year previous son.

Antetokounmpo completed the sport with 25 factors and 14 rebounds. He is definitely in the center of the worst two-game stretch of his profession on the foul line. In Wednesday’s win over Cleveland, Giannis shot 4-of-11.

“It’s simply humorous to me as a result of I’ve a basketball court docket at my home and my children at all times go and shoot, and at any time when it will get to 9 pm I’m going and take the ball from their palms,” Antetokounmpo mentioned. “I really feel like we’re extra mature than that. We are skilled athletes that attempt to do our job. You can go and ask (Harrell). I supplied him to shoot, let’s shoot collectively. Meanwhile, I do not perceive this as a result of there is a basket proper behind me. There was one other basket behind me. And, he selected to return to take my ball, have his coach get in entrance of me, and sort of bully me away from the court docket and go to the opposite basket.

“I’m not going to attempt to combat any person. I’ve children now, I gotta save my cash. But now, in the event you guys see that as disrespect, that is on you.”

Antetokounmpo is taking pictures a career-worst .587 from the foul line this season, however 8-of-26 in a two-game stretch can definitely skew the numbers this early in the schedule. In the 2 video games earlier than these final two foul-shot clunkers, he was 11-of-18 and 7-of-8 on free throws.

“I’m simply not making them, easy as that,” Giannis mentioned. “I do not suppose there’s any concern. The ball shouldn’t be going in.

The Athletic‘s employees author Eric Nehm contributed to this story.

(Photo: Eric Hartline / USA Today)

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