There were a lot of people talking about Defensive Player Of The Year and Most Valuable Player, Giannis Antetokounmpo, last night after the Milwaukee Bucks lost game 1 of their second round playoff series against the Miami Heat on Monday night.
And a lot of those people made zero sense.
There was the post game presser where Giannis said he did not defend Jimmy Butler during the Heat star’s 40 point performance because he was not instructed to.
That’s it. But it was interpreted as so much more.
There were notions that he was frightened. A grown man who’s played against Butler and many other superstars so many times before. Scared. That was wrong.
There were ideas that he wasn’t a true Defensive Player Of The Year. Despite the fact it’s a regular season award.
And finally there were statements completely writing off dismissing Giannis’ abilities. This aside from the fact that every team would love to have the future of their franchise built around a player like the “Greek Freek”.
Don’t you think that is rushing judgement just a little bit? After one game?
I’ll answer that for you. It is.
Even if the Heat just completely catch fire and sweep the Bucks, Giannis’ stock will still be higher than most of the other stars in the league. He’s earned that already.
Now, it will be dumb to admit that he doesn’t have to step up. There are plenty of greats that played in the NBA that never won a ring. I can assure you Giannis doesn’t want to fall into that column.
So, baskeball social media, can we chill a little bit?
Giannis Antetokounmpo has earned some time. Certainly more than one game.