Summary of “Zach Lowe on the Milwaukee Bucks”

Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn’t a full-on freak yet; Kidd would unleash him as Point Giannis in another couple of months.
Joe Prunty, Kidd’s replacement on an interim basis, has already made it clear that everything runs through Antetokounmpo now.
The Bucks under Prunty also have cleared out more, and let Antetokounmpo work one-on-one in the Dirk spot at the center of the foul line.
Milwaukee also is trying to push the pace, and setting a few more improvised “Drag” screens for Antetokounmpo just after he crosses half court.
Prunty makes good use of one of Kidd’s favorite gambits: having point guards sprint ahead of Antetokounmpo, hit the brakes, and U-turn into a screen for him – an unconventional pick-and-roll that presents defenses with a bunch of bad choices.
Milwaukee’s offense has cratered without Antetokounmpo, and Parker can go whole hog in those minutes.
Parker has a lower center of gravity than Antetokounmpo, and he might be able to jostle with opposing centers on the block so Antetokounmpo doesn’t have to.
The slate of opponents has a lot to do with that, but the Bucks are also very lucky those opponents have missed open shots; no team has seen opponents underperform their expected effective field goal percentage – based on the location of shots and nearby defenders – by a larger margin than Milwaukee since the Kidd firing, per Second Spectrum data.

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Summary of “The Unspeakable Greatness of Giannis Antetokounmpo”

Visitors to Milwaukee quickly discover that it’s no exaggeration to describe Antetokounmpo’s future as the least of the Bucks’ concerns in their bid to become a credible contender for the first time in nearly two decades.
Charles Antetokounmpo died of a heart attack on Sept. 29 at age 54.”I can feel the love from the city every day I step on the floor,” Giannis Antetokounmpo said.
Charles and Veronica Antetokounmpo, who moved from Nigeria to Greece as undocumented immigrants in 1991 in search of a better life, secured the necessary paperwork to relocate to Milwaukee along with Giannis’s two younger brothers halfway through his rookie season.
Kostas Antetokounmpo is a redshirt freshman at the University of Dayton now, but the rest of the family moved into a new downtown complex before this season, with Giannis and Alexandros Antetokounmpo housed on the fifth floor and Charles and Veronica on the fourth.
Veronica Antetokounmpo has moved up a flight to be with her sons on the fifth floor in the wake of her husband’s death.
“Leading your family is a lot tougher than basketball,” Antetokounmpo said.
Places to ImproveThe areas for on-court improvement are obvious for Antetokounmpo even as he stuffs box score after box score.
The legendary Kobe Bryant, now in his second season of retirement, had seen enough coming into training camp to challenge Antetokounmpo via Twitter in late August to make a bid for the league’s Most Valuable Player Award.

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