But then this led to an altercation between ‘Greek Freak’ and Sixers big man Montrezl Harrell who wouldn’t let him shoot. In an uncharacteristic behavior, the star also entered with the arena crew, after they placed a ladder in front of the basket.
Later Giannis apologized for the incident and said that it was not the right behavior on his part. But the Bucks star had support from a lot of people, including former NBA player Chandler Parsons, who called out Harrell for his behavior.
Chandler Parsons supports Giannis amid the rebellion
Former NBA player Chandler Parsons responded to the whole incident and defended the Bucks star:
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“I adore Giannis’ bravery. He’s never looked this way before. I’ve never noticed any unfavorable coverage of him in the media. Montrezil Harrell is really pathetic with that. I get it. Giannis plays this character. He was sent here for this reason.” He’s the tough team guy. But every team acts this way,” he said. Parsons explained.
Parsons was impressed by Giannis’ persistence and embodiment. Giannis tried to be humble and nice, even offering Harel to shoot with him. But when things went south, Antetokounmpo stood his ground, leading to verbal interaction with the Sixers big man and a “ladder incident” with the arena crew.
What happened after the match?
The Giants had a tough outing against the 76ers, going 4-15 from charity tape. The Bucks lost by 8 points, and Giannis cost them the game. So like any superstar, Giannis went out to work on his free throws after the game. But he did not take into account the fact that he was in the opponent’s building.
Despite this, Giannis took a few balls and started working on his free throws. After a while, Harrell made his way onto the field, grabbed the ball, and told Giannis to leave. He said this wasn’t Milwaukee, and told him to leave.
Giannis asked for the ball back several times, but Harrell wasn’t willing to listen. So he went and got a few more balls. This time, a rinkman placed a ladder in front of the basket. Giannis asked the worker to move the ladder, but he refused. Frustrated, Gians pushed the ladder out of the way, and it collapsed.
It sounded bad at first, but after hearing the whole story and the context behind it, people gave Giannis the benefit of the doubt. Although not subject to hate or criticism, Antetokounmpo apologized and expressed that it was never his intention to harm anyone.