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Antetokounmpomania is a subtle mania.

All it needs is 28 minutes and a Monday night. It is quiet after games and it is effervescent. Maybe it started in Athens and maybe it will never end in Milwaukee.

Six weeks and a few days ago, Giannis made his first NBA start. That was in the BMO Harris Bradley Center against Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks. Twenty starts later, his family came to the stadium and watched him try the NBA in his new home stadium, his new home.

Final line: Nine shots, zero game-winning threes, a few rebounds.

As always, everyone was typing Giannis Antetokounmpo tonight not for practice or because of some box score line.

On these nights, we remember why we watch or write or play the game, whatever it is we do or used to do or wish we did. On these nights, elegance and blacktop drift in February air.

After the game, Giannis gave credit to Brandon Knight:

“I made some mistakes at the end that can cost us the game, but Brandon was there... the hero was there to knock down the shot, so we won.”

After this game, I wanted to revel a bit in the moment, give credit to the fans who made the atmosphere and to the people who watched with me.

Warning: The most important tweet is missing from below. Earlier in the day, a friend tweeted that he was surprised that he couldn’t even give away a few tickets to some friends. Maybe they had plans. Maybe they did not. Maybe they just missed it all.

Antetokounmpomania is a subtle mania.

A Giannis Night

 



Alex Boeder

Writing and the Bucks. Two of my passions. So it is good to be here. I have reported on media row for just about every Bucks home game since 2009. I started writing for the Bucks in 2012. Before that, I co-founded and wrote for BrewHoop. I have written for the Milwaukee BrewersSB NationESPN MilwaukeeSlam Online, and so on. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @alexboeder or email me at adboeder@gmail.com.