A recent comment by a former NBA player, Richard Jefferson is trending all over the internet. Jefferson has drawn parallels between Giannis Antetokounmpo and Scottie Pippen on Twitter. Fans are going berserk over that tweet. It has brought a whole new debate on the table with respect to the Bucks star.
Does Giannis need a Michael Jordan?
Bucks star, Giannis Antetokounmpo has grown as a player in the league. In today’s times, he’s getting the same pedestal as many greats in the sport. The tall man from Greece has stamped his presence in the NBA, running for the season MVP title alongside LeBron James and James Harden.
Well, coming to the Bucks, they have disappointed the fans going 0-2 down against Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Several analysts and commentators have dissed Giannis and his team for the poor show.
However, amidst all the criticism, Richard Jefferson tweeted, “Giannis might be a Pippen…. there I said it! He needs his (Michael) Jordan.” This is where the word ‘Pippen’ has gone viral on the internet.
Giannis might be a Pippen…. there I said it! He needs his Jordan. pic.twitter.com/L89DG9JjHD
— Richard Jefferson (@Rjeff24) September 3, 2020
Fizdale considers Giannis Antetokounmpo too young to get in the Scottie Pippen debate
Former New York Knicks’ coach, David Fizdale doesn’t agree with Jefferson. Moreover, he considers Giannis as the one who is in search of his Pippen.
“I see where he’s (Richard) coming from with it. But I do think that Giannis is too young to make that determination. Has Giannis had his own Pippen on that team?. To see if he could carry that team past where they’ve been? I don’t know if Khris Middleton has consistently lived up to that reputation. So, I think it’s yet to be seen.”
Coach Fizdale does not agree with @Rjeff24 in saying that Giannis “might be a Pippen.”
“Giannis is too young to make that determination. Has Giannis had his own Pippen on that team!?” pic.twitter.com/tvccrCUijm
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) September 3, 2020
The Greek Freak is averaging 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 5.6 assists this season. Also, the average points in the ongoing playoffs are 28.6.
Last night, the Bucks lost their second game of the Miami series 116-114. Giannis dropped 29 points and 14 rebounds and yet couldn’t make it to the winning end. Many believe that with limited Playoffs experience, the Bucks are choking at these crucial times.
Can Giannis make this series turn around? Is he the Scottie Pippen of Bucks or is it too early to comment on that?