Giannis Antetokounmpo exploded during Saturday night’s 121-108 loss in Salt Lake City, where he got frustrated with the officiating and then threatened to take it out on a Bucks assistant coach.
Antetokounmpo, one of the brightest rising stars in the NBA, was furious in the third quarter at first a questionable no-call on a layup, and then the next possession he lost the ball as he was driving to the rim. He turned around and slowly trotted back down the court, not getting back on defense as Utah got an uncontested layup.
Milwaukee called a timeout, and Antetokounmpo retreated to the bench, knocking a chair over. During the break, assistant coach Sean Sweeney reportedly laid into him about his hustle — to which the 22-year-old snapped.
It appears Antetokounmpo shouts, “I’ll f–k you up,” as he approaches Sweeney, with other Bucks personnel stepping between the superstar and the assistant coach.
After the game, in which the Greek Freak notched 27 points and 13 rebounds, he didn’t address the incident, but did say the disappointing, 9-9 Bucks had to play through the anger.
“We’ve just got to play harder, put more effort into it,” Antetokounmpo said. “If you get frustrated, there’s no point.”