Bucks’ Mike Bodenholzer questions how to manage Giannis Antetokounmpo: ‘The league needs to protect him’

Milwaukee –What would Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Bodenholzer be grateful for? Well, in terms of basketball, more protection for its star player – and, frankly, Which player who may be the recipient of a fatal error.

Giannis Antetokounmpo was a Flagrant 1 receiver from Joel Embiid in the team’s final game on November 18, and on Monday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, he was once again the victim of some tough friction.

Budenholzer, who rarely strays from the lines, made his feelings clear. “You have journalists in the pool,” he said, “you can ask again.” “The shot that last night in Philly was an important shot, they’re not developing that. I just think sometimes the hits that Giannis takes, the league has to look, the league needs to protect him. It’s not just him, whoever takes those hits, he has to League protecting players.

Rewind to the third quarter of Monday’s game. Portland’s Shaydon Sharp performed a sweeping acrobatic drive to the rim only for a layup that spun around and out of him. Antetokounmpo grabbed the rebound and darted the other way, charging it full forward into a wall of defenders.

As he tried to move around Jerami Grant, the veteran reached out and basically bunted Antetokounmo, sending him crashing to the ground — but not on purpose. During the fall, Antetokounmpo was grabbed awkwardly around the neck by Justise Winslow in an attempt to keep him in a crooked position.

The umpires went to the screen to review the play, but decided to stick with a common mistake, a decision Budenholzer disagreed with after his team won 119-111.

“Live,” Budenholzer said, “it sure looked like they just rolled him up, went over his head, and hit him on the forehead.” “Live, it looked like a flagrant foul. Although it would go to the other end of the field, live, and as it happened, I don’t see how that isn’t flagrant. If the arena shows the replay I haven’t seen the replay and I haven’t seen any replays since. But when It goes up, over the shoulder and just rolls over someone — it sounded like a non-basketball game, it sounded like a squeaker.”

Budenholzer did not have the advantage to restart and, when viewed from an alternate baseline angle, the foul is perhaps more embarrassing than glaring, although if he were promoted it would be hard for anyone at the Blazers to complain.

In any case, Budenholzer seemed more upset about the way his star was set in recent games in general than he was about that specific play.

The incident in Philadelphia that Budenholzer referred to was a blunt error by Embiid on Antetokounmpo during the Bucks’ loss to the 76ers on November 18. In the third quarter of that game, Embiid delivered a shoulder check to midsection Antetokounmpo and got a flagrant one, but was allowed to stay in the game after the referees decided not to upgrade the foul to a “flagrant 2.” Of course, this collision was overshadowed by the ladder incident.

When asked about his punishment in recent matches, Antetokounmpo, who finished with 37 points, seven rebounds and six assists, refused to go into details and did not criticize any player or official.

“I don’t feel any pain, I feel great,” Antetokounmo said. “I take a lot of hard hits, but I always fall and get up. At the end of the day, it’s basketball. I’ve said it a few times. I enjoy the body, I enjoy putting my body on the line. It puts a fire under my belly, it wakes me up. Not a lot of people enjoy being exposed.” to get hit, and at the end of the day you obviously want to have a game where you can at least get hit in. But when I get hit I kind of enjoy it, I feel like I’m part of the game, I’m in the game, I’m closed off, I play the game, I get aggressive, I’m falling down, I’m playing for my teammates. It’s part of my game, it’s part of basketball. Sometimes you’ll get hit, but I don’t feel any pain. I get up.”

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