“Your butt is your vision”: Giannis Antetokounmpo Makes The Weirdest Defense Argument Ever

Published 10/19/2021, 8:45 AM EDT
Sep 27, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and guard Jrue Holiday (21) pose for pictures during Media Day at the Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports


More than just a run and dunk guy, Giannis Antetokounmpo is also famous for his specialty on defense. His agility, athleticism, and attentiveness earn him a lot of blocks and defensive stops. Consequently, he also won the Defensive Player of The Year in 2020.

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However, among various other skills and abilities, Giannis has a special tool for his defense. Something that he uses to increase his vision on the floor and gauge where the offensive player is while he is defending. And that tool is his butt.

In a pre-season interview with the Milwaukee Bucks Media Team, for the first time, Giannis Antetokounmpo sat down to watch Game 6 of the NBA Finals. With Zora Stephenson, the Finals MVP reminisced on his 50-point performance against the Phoenix Suns. He discussed his emotions before the game, the game plan, his teammates’ reactions, and more. He also spoke about what it felt like capturing the first title for the Milwaukee Bucks in 50 years.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo reveals how he uses his butt on defense

While talking about a play in which Giannis was guarding Ayton, Zora asked him if he could sense his presence behind him. And he said, “I can feel him with my butt”. When Zora talks about the play ahead, he brings her back to explain what he meant.

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“Let me go back because a lot of people are going to misinterpret what I mean by feeling Ayton with my butt. So what I mean by that is one of the great players Joe Johnson used to do this a lot in his post-ops in his defense. And he used to use his butt a lot..”

Jul 11, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) passes the ball under pressure from Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) and forward Mikal Bridges (25) during the second quarter during game three of the 2021 NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Shows how even the most gifted and talented players on the planet watch tape to learn from the greats. He then says, “And for me what I’ve learned from that is, that your butt is your vision. You know you cannot look behind you, right? Because if you look behind you, you’re not seeing the play. Good defenders and good offense players they use their butt as their vision because you kind of know where the defender is. You know that’s what I meant by that.”

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Giannis has also visibly worked on his jump shot this summer. So is there anything the Greek Freak can’t do? Will he be unstoppable on both ends again this season? While that question has no right answer, the odds are in his favor.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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