Giannis Antetokounmo is having a break out year. Giannis, commonly known as “The Greek Freek”, will probably be the next big European player to play in the league. While his original transition to the NBA and more American style basketball might have been tough, he seems to be adjusting to it quite well.
One adjustment Giannis had to make is the format and coaching of the NBA. While Jason Kidd was a pretty good player back in the day, Giannis had never heard of him. This could have caused some trust issues and a lack of respect, i.e. LeBron v David Blatt, but Giannis soon learned his lesson.
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo talked about the first time his coach, Jason Kidd, benched him, in a Sports Illustrated feature. Giannis truly was upset with his coach but had to look up his NBA stats, not knowing how great of a player Kidd was, to check if the coach even knew what he was talking about. When he looked up his coach, he was in for a huge surprise:
“I was like, ‘Let’s see what this guy did in his career, anyway,’ ” Antetokounmpo recounts, and called up Kidd’s bio on his phone. “I saw Rookie of the Year, NBA championship, USA Olympic gold medal, second in assists, fifth in made threes, blah, blah, blah. I was like, ‘Jesus freaking Christ, how can I compete with that? I better zip it.’”