Jrue Holiday Explains Why Giannis Antetokounmpo Deserved to be in LeBron James’ Space Jam

Published 04/24/2021, 10:30 PM EDT
Mar 7, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Team LeBron forward Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks (34) reacts to being named the MVP of the 2021 NBA All-Star Game at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


The Bucks have maintained their resolve from the last two seasons and are easily the top contenders to reach the EC finals 2021. Giannis Antetokounmpo has obviously been a major anchor in their victories and has continued to baffle his opponents.

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The Greek freak is a godly, unimaginable athlete with some extraordinary size to help his cause. As much as he surprises the fans, he leaves the same impact even on his teammates who count his work ethic as insane.

Jrue Holiday, the latest addition to the Bucks squad, has also become charmed with his ultra-human abilities.

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Jrue Holiday making a case for Giannis Antetokounmpo in Hollywood

Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo celebrates with Jrue Holiday against the Mavericks at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

In a recent podcast with JJ Redick, former Pelicans player and Giannis’ current teammate, Jrue Holiday, gave an intimate account of how the Greek Freak functions.

He explained the reigning MVP’s love of finding contact inside the paint. He also shed light on the fact that Giannis loves to lift and that his herculean shoulders are perfectly chiseled proof of that.

Also, he noted how the 26-YO stuns everyone on the court with some of the most insane basketball moves.

The 30-YO expressed like a fan, “There’s been games where he takes one dribble from the half-court and then just dunks the ball. Damn near from the free-throw line. And I’m like, you know he has that long step, that gather step and it kind of looks like a travel and whatever it is. But, even with the travel, I wouldn’t be able to do that. And I think I’m a pretty good athlete. This dude is, he really should be in Space Jam… it’s some of the craziest stuff I’ve ever seen. One of the things I really love about Giannis though, he really wants to be the best.” 

Well, the idea of a Space Jam movie with Giannis in it is enough to excite his fans to the ceiling. The Looney Tunes in greens can take the theatres by storm, but that is less likely to happen.

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The Greek Freak not interested in Space Jam

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It is not surprising that the makers of LeBron James’ Space Jam 2 had approached Giannis Antetokounmpo for a part in it. Everything about Giannis makes him a perfect fit for the movie that is famous for featuring NBA legends. However, the star athlete respectfully declined the offer.

As Mallika Andrews had reported, “Being in the film would have required him to give up two weeks of private workouts to train with his fellow stars while making the movie, a total non-starter, given Antetokounmpo’s reclusive tendencies.”

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Later, Giannis himself had this to add, “I don’t like being Hollywood. I don’t like all this extra drama. I am just going to try to be me.”

So, the priorities are clear, the man would rather work with his boys and further perfect those fadeaways, the jump shots, and the one-dribble pull-ups than take part in a movie. But business-wise, do you think the freak made the correct decision to decline the offer? Help us know in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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