Giannis Antetokounmpo Drops Strong Message on Warriors

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks shared some thoughts on the Golden State Warriors.

Getty Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had high praise for the Golden State Warriors in an interview with the Warriors’ Draymond Green at the NBA All-Star Game, saying “great habits” have made them an example of what a championship team looks like.

“We gotta build good habits. Just like you guys. You guys have built for six or seven years, great habits,” he told Green, who was part of TBS’ broadcast team. “Like, no matter where you guys are in the ranking, you guys always have the opportunity to win because you’ve built such good habits that are hard to break.”

Responding to Green’s question about what it would take for his team, the Milwaukee Bucks, to win the title this season, Antetokounmpo said, “So, that’s what we’re trying to do, we’re trying to build good habits right now, play good basketball, get guys healthy, compete defensively, and maybe that gives us a chance to win a championship.”

The Bucks are currently sitting in second place in the Eastern Conference, just one game behind the first-place Boston Celtics.

Charles Barkley Says Warriors Are ‘Cooked’

It wasn’t all praise for Green and the Warriors at the All-Star Game. NBA legend Charles Barkley went back and forth with the former Defensive Player of the Year, arguing that Golden State is finished.

“The Golden State Warriors are cooked,” Barkley told Green on the TBS broadcast.

“That’s crazy,” Green clapped back. “You said that last year, but we all know you don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Barkley contended that he said no such thing last season, to which Green replied, “You say that every year! You’ve said it every year since I’ve been in the league.”

Chuck once again denied saying the Dubs were done a year ago, doubling down on his prediction.

“That’s not true, but y’all are cooked now,” Barkley said. “Y’all are done.”

Green made sure he got in the last word, reminding Barkley about the four NBA championships he and his teammates have won.

“That still leaves us four ahead of you, boss,” Green said.

Ja Morant Doubles Down on Slight to Warriors

Green also challenged Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant on the statement he made earlier this year. Morant had claimed to ESPN’s Malika Andrews that he wasn’t worried about any teams in the Western Conference, citing the Celtics as the only threat to the Grizzlies.

“[Teams] got better at the trade deadline. Are you still ‘fine in the West,’ and which teams are you looking at now and saying, ‘That team has to be reckoned with?’” Green asked Morant.

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Since Morant made his bold claim in December, there’s been plenty of changes in the Western Conference. The trade deadline saw Kevin Durant joining the Phoenix SunsKyrie Irving joining the Dallas Mavericks, and the Los Angeles Clippers loading up with supporting pieces.

“Definitely got to look at Phoenix now with adding [Durant],” Morant told Green. “Obviously, we can’t shy away from [the Warriors], everybody knows y’all always in contention. Champs. Still Boston, man. But yeah, I’m still fine in the West.”

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