‘He Is Hilarious’: Bucks’ PJ Tucker Reveals How Giannis Antetokounmpo Is in the Locker Room

Published 07/08/2021, 11:29 AM EDT
Jun 29, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) passes over Atlanta Hawks forward Cam Reddish (22) in the first quarter during game four of the Eastern Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports


The Bucks’ journey to the NBA Finals, has been 3 years in the making. Milwaukee in the 2018-19 & 2019-20 seasons, flamed out in the playoffs after recording the best record in the East. But, with the addition of Jrue Holiday and PJ Tucker, Giannis Antetokounmpo & Khris Middleton have finally found the support they need!

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And even though the road ahead to the promised land is difficult, Milwaukee looks to put up a fight post their drubbing in Game 1. While the franchise has been lucky to have its roster healthy through most of the season, team chemistry has played a major role in their success.

Jul 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) scores a basket against the Phoenix Suns during the first half in game one of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Bucks swept rivals Miami Heat in the 1st round, as they put their demons from last season to bed. Next, came a hard-fought 7-game series against a hobbled Brooklyn juggernaut. In a series that most argued would have gone Brooklyn’s way had Kyrie and Harden been healthy, Milwaukee edged past the finish line.

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They then dowsed a red-hot Atlanta with Ice-Trae and Giannis missing games with injuries. Even with the superstar out, Middleton, Brook Lopez, and Jrue Holiday took over to seal a spot in the finals.

And while, contributions from veterans Middleton, Holiday, and Tucker in different facets have been invaluable, Giannis Antetokounmpo has been the key. Antetokounmpo has been the driving force for the Bucks all season. The Greek Freak has averaged a whopping 27.7ppg/12.9rpg/5.1apg on 55% shooting from the field.

Locker room gimmicks with Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Greek Freak, who has taken to the nickname given his inhumane physique and ability to reach the rim is one of the hardest workers in the game today.

But, according to multiple reports from the Bucks over the past few years, Giannis is the energizer. His ability to zone out and enjoy the finer moments has his teammates cracked up. PJ Tucker the new signee recently spoke about the Freak’s nature –

Tucker said – “If you see all the videos, I’m always laughing because he is hilarious. You really don’t know. He’s really funny. He’ll say anything. He’s real. He is going to tell you some real stuff.”

The veteran also added that – “He’s going to keep it real with you. It’ll catch you off guard because you wouldn’t expect it, like the way he comes with it, the way he says stuff. You wouldn’t expect it and I don’t think anybody would that didn’t really know him.”

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Jul 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) plays for the ball against Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) and forward Mikal Bridges (25) during the first half in game one of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt York/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Tucker is a complete team-man. Even in his days in Houston with James Harden, he always buys into the team’s goals. So, he and Giannis both will know, that come tonight, it will be all business for Milwaukee, looking to even the series against Phoenix at 1 game apiece.

Watch this story – Clint Capela’s Behind The Board Bucket, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Dunk & Other Top Plays Of Bucks vs Hawks Game 4 WCF.

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