Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo makes statement to be among NBA’s best

LeBron James, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry would lead most people’s shortlist of greatest players currently in the NBA, but one young man not usually in that conversation is starting to make his case.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, 22, is playing on another level right now. Though his Bucks lost Sunday, 111-98 to the Hawks, “The Greek Freak” showcased his many skills.

After recently voicing his opinion that he would be among the leading All-Star voters in the Eastern Conference if his name were easier to pronouce, Antetokounmpo scored 33 points with eight rebounds, six assists, three blocks and two steals.

The final member of the Raptors’ stars, Jonas Valanciunas, came into the game having endured a tough time recently. Coach Dwane Casey even said he wouldn’t play his center late in games if he couldn’t “dominate.”

Valanciunas dominated Thursday, scoring 18 points with 13 rebounds and zero turnovers.

Rudy Gobert led the Jazz with 15 points and 16 rebounds. Both teams have the look of strong playoff contenders.

Westbrook is now the only player with multiple triple-doubles with 10-plus turnovers in a season since turnovers were compiled as an official stat (1973-74).

On the plus side, this was Westbrook’s 19th triple-double of the season, the most by any player in a season since Wilt Chamberlain had 31 in 1967-68.

Don’t look now, but the T-Wolves are starting to mesh. Minnesota’s disappointing start was a head-scratcher considering all of its blossoming stars. Karl Anthony-Towns — the brightest of those Super Cheap Jerseys China stars — scored 29 points with 17 rebounds. Ricky Rubio, who runs hot and cold, had 14 Pittsburgh Penguins Cheap Jerseys points and 14 assists.

Vlade Divac promises to step down if Kings do not improve

Vlade Divac has vowed to resign as general manager of the Kings if the team is not better in two years than it is now.

In an interview with the Sacramento Bee centered around his decision to trade star forward DeMarcus Cousins, Divac said, “I totally understand why some fans would be upset. They supported DeMarcus, and I like DeMarcus a lot. But I believe we are going to be in a better position in two years. I want to hear again from these same people in two years. If I’m right, great. If I’m wrong, I’ll step down. But if I go down, I’m going down my way.”

Divac also said back-channeling by Cousins’ agents forced him to accept a deal from the Pelicans that wasn’t as favorable for Sacramento as one previously on the table.

The near-kick came after Green mocked 39-year-old Paul Pierce, who is in his final NBA season. Pierce announced last September that the 2016-17 season would be his last. Pierce has played in only 13 games this season and did not play in the first half of Thursday’s game. That didn’t stop Green from heckling Pierce.

While Griffin was at the free throw line less than a minute into the game, Green shouted at Pierce, who was sitting on the Clippers bench.

“You’re chasing that farewell tour,” Green said loud enough to Pittsburgh Penguins Cheap Jerseys be heard on the TNT broadcast. “You can’t get no farewell tour, they don’t love you like that…You thought you was Kobe?”

It’s hard for someone to get the love from the crowd when he’s not Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale playing, but damn dude, respect your elders. The man was a 10-time All-Star and led the Celtics to an NBA title in 2008.

Green kept it up in the third quarter, getting a technical foul early in the third quarter after running over Griffin. He then started to yell at Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who had pulled him from the game.