Giannis Antetokounmpo Game Ball Incident: The Aftermath and Controversy

2023-12-14 07:13:33

After winning the ball-stealing incident, Antetokounmpo suspected that the ball was dropped (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

[Now Sports]Giannis Antetokounmpo, who set a new career scoring high on Wednesday, had a ball-stealing incident with the Pacers after the game. Although he finally got the game ball back as he wished, he said he was not sure whether it had been swapped. . Giannis Antetokounmpo, who scored 64 points against the Pacers, originally wanted to take the game ball after the game to commemorate the moment worthy of celebration. Unexpectedly, the opponent’s assistant coach took the ball back to the locker room, which attracted a lot of attention. Antetokounmpo was very dissatisfied and angrily went straight to the Pacers locker room to get the ball back, and then returned to the court and had a conflict with Pacers head coach Harry Bolton.

Pacers coach Carlisle explained after the game that the assistant coach himself wanted to give the game ball to rookie Oscar Sibe, because the opponent also scored his first career point on free throws for the first time on Wednesday, but ignored that Antetokounmpo also broke the record, and claimed that this This kind of conflict should not have happened because there were two balls used in the game. It was also said that during the conflict, the general manager of the team was elbowed in the ribs.

According to Antetokounmpo, he finally had the ball “returned” by the Pacers, and he wanted to give it to his mother as a souvenir, but he was not sure whether the ball he had got back was the one originally used in the game: “I took it It’s gone, but it doesn’t feel like the one I used today, more like a brand new one, but life still has to go on.”

He also explained that in the season when they won the championship, the Bucks failed to take away the game ball for the last game of the Finals. It was very unfortunate. He didn’t want to have any more regrets, so he was so excited.

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