Not much has gone right for the Milwaukee Bucks this year — they've suffered a number of injuries, dealt with off-court incidents, watched expected floor-spacing power forward Ersan Ilyasova miss more than 60 percent of his shots and more than 70 percent of his 3-pointers, struggled to both stop (23rd in points allowed per possession) and exploit (dead last in points scored per possession) opponents, and generally show precious little in the way of a defined idea of what kind of basketball team they'd like to be en route to the worst record in the NBA.
Just about the only bright spot has been Greek rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo, the 19-year-old who has looked much more ready for the NBA than many anticipated when Milwaukee selected him in the first round of the 2013 NBA draft, and whose sense of wonder and genuine excitement about his first year in the NBA has provided consistent rays of sunshine.
For example, it's not exactly news that the still-growing Antetokounmpo has extremely large hands — based on this photo by Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress, the young man's hand appears to measure 25 centimeters, or nearly 9.85 inches, from the tip of his middle finger to heel of his palm — but he's still willing to get his Kawhi Leonard on and take photos that make him look like a science-fiction character, like this one from NBA TV Canada's Payal Doshi:
And with his evidently new Twitter account, Antetokounmpo on Monday shared with us the latest installment in his ongoing quest to experience new and wonderful things in his adopted homeland:
While I find it difficult to imagine that Greece is an entirely smoothie-less land, I'm glad that Giannis continues to take advantage of all the wonderful things our great nation has to offer. God bless America, indeed.
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