Montrezl Harrell of the Philadelphia 76ers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks found themselves engaged in an unlikely beef this week.
It all started with Antetokounmpo, who had been struggling with his free throws lately, attempting to get some extra shots up in Philly after a game.
Here’s exactly what happened between Giannis and Montrezl pic.twitter.com/d9o1YFZ7bf
— The Realest (@TheTrueRealest) November 19, 2022
Harrell took issue with this, walking over and taking Antetokounmpo’s ball away.
Antetokounmpo went out and got himself another ball, only to continue practicing. Then came a now-infamous altercation with a Sixers arena worker:
Shortly thereafter, Antetokounmpo tried to clear the air.
“I don’t know if I should apologize because I don’t feel like I did anything wrong, except the ladder just fell,” he told ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.
“I feel like it’s my right for me to work on my skills after a horrible night at the free throw line. I think anybody in my position that had a night like me would go out and work on his free throws.”
Harrell would offer his own take on the situation.
“Aye make sure you get the complete story I ask the man can he get off the court so I can workout they had to change the court over he ignore me so hey that’s what you get! Respect is respect! GOODNIGHT,” he tweeted.
Obviously everyone will come to their own conclusions about who is right and wrong here, but histories are worth examining.
Aside from his one well-known beef with James Harden, Antetokounmpo is largely on good terms with everyone.
There is a reason why when he was on the Los Angeles Lakers he was the only player not invited to Anthony Davis’ wedding.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Jordyn Woods had quite the birthday celebration.https://t.co/KZdNo6yHdk
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 20, 2022
The man has a tough personality to deal with.
Was Antetokounmpo in the wrong in this particular case? Perhaps.
But when him and Harrell square off, it’s hard not to give the former a lot more benefit of the doubt than the latter.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.