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Marc Lasry: NBA Board Could Vote On Resuming Season 'Early Next Week'

May 29, 2020 1:37 AM

Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry said that the NBA board of governors could vote on resuming the season "early next week" during an appearance on CNBC's Halftime.

Lasry said that Adam Silver will present "different options" for resuming play on Friday, with the board taking the weekend to consider his proposal.

The Bucks owner added that he believes the season will resume at Disney World, with the biggest question centered around the number of teams that will be allowed to play.

“I think at the end of the day, we’ll be in Orlando at Disney. The question is going to be will we have all 30 teams there or will we have 24; whatever the number will end up being. But hopefully, by the middle of July, we start playing again.”

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Jon Leuer Announces Retirement From NBA

May 24, 2020 7:21 PM

Jon Leuer announced his retirement from the NBA in an Instagram post.

"I love the game of basketball. I still want to play, but I know deep down it’s not the right decision for my health anymore. The past 3 years I’ve dealt with a number of injuries, including 2 that kept me out this whole season. It’s taken me a while to come to grips with this, but I’m truly at peace with my decision to officially retire," wrote Leuer on Instagram.

Leuer, an eight-year veteran of the league, averaged 6.4 points and 3.8 rebounds for his career.

Leuer was most recently traded to the Bucks before last June's NBA Draft.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo: Giannis And The Greek Freak Are Two Different People

May 21, 2020 4:05 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo has embraced the on-court moniker of Greek Freak, but he acknowledges that there's a difference between his basketball perception and his laid-back personal lifestyle.

Antetokounmpo also recently became a father for the first time.

"The most important thing is you cannot lose yourself in it. There's a lot of pressure, there's a lot of things that are going to try to pull you from 'come this way, do this.' For example, this event with Nike, or tomorrow you've got to do this event with T-Mobile," Antetokounmpo said. "Like, there's so many things that you're going to have in front of you that you've got to do, but you've just got to be able to balance your personal life with the Greek Freak life. Giannis and the Greek Freak are two different people. I hope that doesn't sound arrogant -- I'm not trying to sound arrogant -- but that's how I'm trying to think. I'm trying to think when I'm with my family, I'm with my family. Sometimes when you're the MVP, you're the leader of the team, you've got to do a photo shoot and all that, you lose yourself, and whenever I'm with my family, I'm myself."

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Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

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Warriors Have Been Preparing For Years To Pursue Giannis Antetokounmpo

May 7, 2020 4:57 PM

The Golden State Warriors have been preparing for years to pursue Giannis Antetokounmpo, according to a source. The Warriors similarly planned for multiple years to pursue Kevin Durant as a free agent in 2016.

Antetokounmpo can sign a supermax extension with the Bucks in 2020, or opt for free agency in 2021.

League sources also believe Antetokounmpo would want to leave the Bucks if he loses confidence in the franchise's capacity to win championships. The Bucks had the NBA's best record when the season was suspended in March.

The Warriors' best chance of acquiring Antetokounmpo would likely come through a trade. 

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne said on “The Jump” in September that Golden State has “always been the big threat” to the Bucks in the Antetokounmpo sweepstakes.


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Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Milt Newton Emerges As Candidate For Bulls' GM Job

Apr 21, 2020 12:24 PM

Milt Newton has emerged as a candidate to become general manager of the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls are searching for a general manager under Arturas Karnisovas.

Newton is currently assistant general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks. Newton was previously general manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves after an extended tenure with the Washington Wizards. 

Marc Eversley, Mark Hughes, Matt Lloyd and Michael Finley have previously been linked with the job.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Doesn't Have Access To Basketball Hoop During Stay-At-Home

Apr 3, 2020 3:23 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo is spending time in his Wisconsin home cooking, cleaning, spending time with family and working out, but he doesn't have access to a basketball hoop during the stay-at-home order.

"So, I don't have access to hoop," Antetokounmpo said during a conference call Friday. "A lot of NBA players have a court in their house or something, but now I just get home workouts. Ride the bike, treadmill, lift weights and pretty much stay sharp that way, but I don't play basketball."

Khris Middleton also doesn't have access to a hoop.

"Since the practice facility is closed down, I don't have any access to a basketball goal unless I go to one of my neighbors' house to shoot outside," Middleton said. "It's really no basketball for me. Basically, like Giannis said, it's the treadmill, the jump rope, some weights and that's it. I have a couple of basketballs I can just dribble in my house or outside but no actual goal to go shoot on."

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Mike Budenholzer: Bucks Operating With 'Mentality That We Will Play'

Apr 2, 2020 1:51 AM

Mike Budenholzer said that the Milwaukee Bucks are going about their business with the mentality that the season will continue.

The Bucks currently hold the best record in the NBA.

"We are operating and functioning and just have a mentality that we will play. I think it's important for players and all of us to function that way, to think that way, and it's out of our hands," said Budenholzer.

Bucks players are currently relying on in-home exercises to keep their shape, though the team also sees value in a mental break.

General manager Jon Horst echoed Budenholzer's sentiments.

"A lot of people find it hard to believe, but we actually live and believe it every day," said Horst. "We've taken a focus to get better every single day and to literally just focus on getting better every day, not thinking about championships or Finals or opponents that we're going to play weeks out or months out, but to really think about how to improve every day."

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Media Straw Poll Has Giannis Antetokounmpo As Overwhelming Pick For MVP

Mar 23, 2020 11:59 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo remains the clear favorite to win MVP in a straw poll of 70 media members conducted by ESPN.

Antetokounmpo earned 60 of the 70 possible first place votes.

LeBron James ranked second in the poll, finishing either first or second on 68 of the 70 polls while finishing third on one and fourth on another.

Before the NBA season was suspended, ESPN began pushing a narrative that James had closed the gap on the MVP race on Antetokounmpo despite the overwhelming case for the reigning MVP. Several media members on ESPN supported James' case by citing specious factors such as the passing of Kobe Bryant, his response to the China controversy and also his age.

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Giannis Antetkounmpo Signing Supermax Could Open Up Star Movement In 2020 Offseason

Mar 9, 2020 2:51 PM

The most critical piece of business in the NBA this coming offseason will be whether Giannis Antetkounmpo signs a supermax contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks. Many NBA teams are positioned to pursue  Antetkounmpo if he becomes available in free agency in 2021 and if he decides to commit his future to the Bucks in 2020, that may open those teams up to pursue other stars.

"One of the things when I talk to executives out there that they say is if Giannis extends with the Bucks this summer, which depending on who you talk to is either a slam dunk or a real question, the Bucks certainly feel like they have a great chance to extend him this summer," said Brian Windhorst on his podcast. "If he signs that supermax extension this summer and all of the teams that are sort of saving, you know, keeping their ammo dry for 2021 may begin to make action. They tell me this summer's star movement may be hinged on whether or not Giannis extends or not. If he extends, you'll all of a sudden see more action."

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Out Two Games With Minor Knee Sprain

Mar 8, 2020 4:51 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo will sit out the remaining two games of the Milwaukee Bucks' road trip with a minor joint capsule sprain of his left knee.

Antetokounmpo suffered the injury on Friday night against the Lakers.

The Bucks play the Suns on Sunday and the Nuggets on Monday night. 

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Giannis Antetokounmpo To Have Precautionary MRI On Knee, Listed As Doubtful For Sunday

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Mike D'Antoni, Mike Budenholzer Named NBA's Coaches Of The Month

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Kristaps Porzingis, Giannis Antetokounmpo Named NBA's Players Of The Week

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Giannis Antetokounmpo On James Harden Comments: 'My Game Is Not Just Power'

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James Harden On Giannis: I Wish I Could Just Run, Be 7 Feet And Just Dunk

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Giannis Antetokounmpo After Win In Toronto: Last Year's Playoffs Were 'Definitely On My Mind'

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Bucks Clinch Earliest Playoff Berth In At Least 15 Years

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Rival Execs Expect Giannis Antetokounmpo To Re-Sign With Bucks

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Giannis Antetokounmpo: As Long As We're Winning, Nothing's Going To Change

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Lakers, Bucks Favorites To Win NBA Title

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Bucks Waive Dragan Bender To Clear Roster Spot For Marvin Williams

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James Named NBA's Players Of The Month For January

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Robert Covington Likely To Be Traded With Mavericks, Rockets, Bucks Interested

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Pat Connaughton To Participate In 2020 Slam Dunk Contest

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Giannis Antetokounmpo: Bucks Can Probably Win 70 Games

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Marc Lasry Tells Michael Jordan He Wants Bucks To Beat Bulls' Regular Season Record

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Giannis Antetokounmpo: I Don't Think There's A Team We Cannot Beat

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Jon Horst: Bucks Chasing Title, Not Regular Season Wins

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Stephen Curry Claims He Was Recruiting Giannis Antetkounmpo To Play Video Game

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