By Eurohoops team/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker are making the Bucks one of the most exciting young teams of the NBA and as ESPN reports, LeBron James is waiting for them in the near future to be a force in the East.
However, according to the same report it seems that the Cavs and LeBron are also irritated by the way the Bucks approach the games against them: “When Antetokounmpo started racking up triple-doubles last season, he started being mentioned with James as analysts searched to find a comparable multi-faceted talent. Parker, meanwhile, has been on the King’s radar for years, having played in the LeBron James Skills Academy in 2011.
James has been respectful and supportive in his public comments about Parker and Antetokounmpo, offering stock answers about their potential rather than resorting to his go-to quote of, “I don’t know, I’m not a GM,” when he doesn’t want to talk about a rising star for whatever reason.
Yet privately, after the Bucks beat the pants off the Cavs 118-101 on Nov. 29, James was less than impressed with how Parker and Antetokounmpo clearly played at a higher level against the Cavs than they normally do. That made James wonder why Parker and Antetokounmpo don’t make that level of play their standard and become true professionals.
James gave them a living, breathing example of what a pro looks like in his prime, putting up 29 points, nine rebounds and six assists Wednesday after putting up 34 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists Tuesday. By some measures, he has never played better”.
It’s obvious that something is going on between the Bucks and the Cavs, with Kyrie Irving, when asked about a potential playoff series with the Bucks, replying: “I hope, man. I hope. They’re a great young team. It would be great to go four games against them. I’m fired up to go against them every time now, for real. Ever since they kicked our ass in Milwaukee, it’s been personal, and it’s going to continue to be personal.”