Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo may have already got a nickname, however as Shaquille O’Neal has already proven, you may by no means have too many.
In truth, O’Neal is prepared to relinquish one of his favorites — “Superman” — and provides it up “with honor and pleasure” to the “Greek Freak.”
“I’ve by no means given my identify up earlier than, however I am giving it to him. He is the brand new Superman. You heard it right here first,” O’Neal informed The Stephen A. Smith Show on ESPN Radio on Thursday. “I did not hit no Three-pointer both, however he is dominating and that is what I like. He is dominating within the paint. You taking it to the outlet. You throwing it down. You ain’t capturing no flip photographs. …
“And what? I do not need to encourage huge guys to shoot jumpers and Three-pointers. Keep your huge ass on the within and dominate such as you been doing. So I denounce myself as Superman and I am giving to the ‘Greek Freak.’ You heard it right here first.”
The 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo, in his sixth season, is averaging 27.Three factors, 12.9 rebounds and 1.Three blocks per sport for the Bucks, who lead the Central Division and are solely three video games behind the Toronto Raptors for the highest spot within the Jap Convention.
He is likely to be capturing solely 11.eight % from Three-point vary, however the two-time All-Star choice leads the NBA with 97 dunks and is capturing 65 % contained in the arc (57.7 % from the sphere total).
He completed sixth within the MVP voting final season, however O’Neal mentioned it is only a matter of time earlier than he rises to the highest.
“The Greek Freak is the MVP proper now,” O’Neal mentioned. “How about that?”
O’Neal has lengthy refused to acknowledge Dwight Howard’s use of the Superman moniker, reminding the now-Washington Wizards heart a number of occasions over time that there was solely room for one Superman within the league.