Last Friday, the Milwaukee Bucks took on the Philadelphia 76ers and things got a bit chippy between two popular players, reported Jordan Greer for Sporting News. Many recognize 76ers PF Montrez Harrel as the enforcer and a great asset off the bench to have on one’s team. While on the other hand people truly recognize Giannis Antetokounmpo as the best player in the NBA currently.
Either way, these two players are respected for what they bring to a team. The 76ers in the game did a solid job of containing Giannis Antetokounmpo from getting easy buckets, however, it appears they attempted to stop trying to get buckets after the game as well. The 76ers went on to defeat the Bucks, 110-102, and as a result, Antetokounmpo wanted to attempt free throws after the game. Although he went 11 for 15 during the game, he felt the need to be excessive and practice directly after the game.
However, Harrell didn’t appreciate the attitude and disrespect presented by the former MVP. After the game, he returned to the floor after the final buzzer, yet the most bizarre thing occurred.
Is there real beef between the two?
There appears to be no real issue between the two outside of this incident, however, going forward hopefully nothing transpires. The interaction between the two began with Harrell getting frustrated by the fact he was ignored by Antetokounmpo.
“Aye make sure you get the complete story,” Harrell said. “I ask the man can he get off the court so I can workout they had to change the court over he ignores me hey that’s what you get! Respect is respect! GOODNIGHT!”
Aye make sure you get the complete story I ask the man can he get off the court so I can workout they had to change the court over he ignore me so hey that’s what you get! Respect is respect! GOODNIGHT!
— Montrezl Harrell (@MONSTATREZZ) November 19, 2022
This later was followed by words indicating he’s not on his home court, in fact, he’s in Philadelphia.
“This isn’t f— Milwaukee,” Harrell told Antetokounmpo, according to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon. “Get that s— out of there.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo Reacts
While Antetokounmpo was told he wasn’t allowed to shoot anymore he ignored the commands and grabbed more basketballs to finish his shooting routine. However, once he returned back to the basket he realized there was a ladder blocking his entry to shooting. He began to grow frustrated and threw the ladder down risking several injuries to people nearby.
— Dennis Moore (@dem389) November 19, 2022
“I respect every player,” Antetokounmpo said (via ESPN’s Tim Bontemps). “I know some players don’t play now, they want to get some extra work, want to work on their skills and stuff, and I said, obviously we can shoot together. They said, they told me no, this is their court, I should leave.
“I was like, I have three more free throws, I was at seven, I want to try to make 10 in a row. I shot my eighth one. Came and took the ball away from me and I was very surprised. I feel like it’s very unprofessional. I would never take the ball away from a professional athlete when he’s trying to do his job.”