Parental Guidance Advised
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
Giannis Antetokounmpo's parents will watch him play in the NBA for the first time in person tonight. They arrived in town yesterday. #Bucks— Andrew Gruman (@AndrewGruman) February 3, 2014
Somebody please tell the Antetokounmpos that Wisconsin isn't this cold all year. Summers are quite nice!— Dan Sinclair (@dan_sinclair) February 3, 2014
Giannis' younger brother Kostas grew from 6'4 to 6'7 in the four months since Giannis last saw him.— Jon Hartzell (@jhartzell2) February 4, 2014
Giannis goes left, hangs and gets the roll on the short fadeaway, then drives left and finishes with his left for another bucket. NICE.— Frank Madden (@brewhoop) February 4, 2014
I know nothing about Giannis' parents other than I unconditionally love them.— netw3rk (@netw3rk) February 4, 2014
Giannis makes everyone else look like they're going the wrong way on the escalator— Seth Rosenthal (@seth_rosenthal) February 4, 2014
GIANNIS FEVER— Jon Hartzell (@jhartzell2) February 4, 2014
The Bucks are going to win this one for the Antetokounmpos— Steven von Horn (@StevevonHorn) February 4, 2014
Giannis always appears to be the only player on the Bucks with any sort of feel for or desire to use his teammates.— Jeremy Schmidt (@Bucksketball) February 4, 2014
GIANNIS BE RUNNING— Jon Hartzell (@jhartzell2) February 4, 2014
Giannis! Yay!— Eric Buenning (@ericbuenning) February 4, 2014
Giannis just had a putback dunk and the Bucks mascot high fived his family and I cannot enjoy it at all— Dennis G (@bigpumpkin4real) February 4, 2014
Antetokounmpomania.— Alex Boeder (@alexboeder) February 4, 2014
Giannis put-back SMASH!!! He points immediately to his family in the stands. Bucks up 10. #MILvNYK— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 4, 2014
Giannis' dad throwing out high fives after his son's dunk--right as he's supposed to be in a picture with Sen. Kohl. GOOD TIMES.— Frank Madden (@brewhoop) February 4, 2014
RUN MORE GIANNIS DUNK PLAYS— Dan Sinclair (@dan_sinclair) February 4, 2014
Giannis points to family, hits BMO Harris Bradley Center roof with finger.— K L Chouinard (@AnaheimAmigos) February 4, 2014
Giannis is really ... Greecing the wheels for the Bucks offense right now.— Jeremy Schmidt (@Bucksketball) February 4, 2014
Bucks offense when Giannis gets a touch >>>>> Bucks offense WHEN ANY OTHER BUCK TOUCHES THE BALL.— Jeremy Schmidt (@Bucksketball) February 4, 2014
GIANYES!— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) February 4, 2014
GIANNIS IS UPON US— Steven von Horn (@StevevonHorn) February 4, 2014
GIANNI-WUT?!?— Dustin Godsey (@dgodz) February 4, 2014
Giannis has long arms. http://t.co/fMMeGSfT7h— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) February 4, 2014
Giannis Antetokounmpo: PARENTAL GUIDANCE ADVISED.— Alex Boeder (@alexboeder) February 4, 2014
The Antetokounmpo family reacts to Brandon Knight's go-ahead three: pic.twitter.com/0YoYL3kVDA— Eric Buenning (@ericbuenning) February 4, 2014
I wonder if we'll go 34-0 with the Ante's cheering us on?— Willie Armstrong (@CanadaBucks) February 4, 2014
We got a glimpse - A TASTE - of what Giannis could be. What this team could be.— Mitch Vomhof (@mitchvomhof) February 4, 2014
My favorite night of the season, and it's not close. #MILvNYK— Dustin Godsey (@dgodz) February 4, 2014
All Antetokounmpo Everything.— Steven von Horn (@StevevonHorn) February 4, 2014
Coach Drew: I thought tonight was one of [Giannis'] most energized nights...played with a lot of emotion. He had a monster game. #MILvNYK— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 4, 2014
Giannis on if he hopes his mom is going to make rice and chicken tonight after win, "Whooo, I hope so." [VIDEO] http://t.co/yCMe8t9qMt— Matt Stanton (@stantomw) February 4, 2014
My family is so proud and happy. pic.twitter.com/XKqlWG8yzN— GiannisAntetokounmpo (@G_ante34) February 4, 2014
I love Giannis' twitter bio; "Milwaukee Basketball Player"— Taylor Armosino (@tarmosino) February 4, 2014
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 Brewers, SB Nation, ESPN Milwaukee, Slam Online, and so on. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @alexboeder or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.