In what was supposed to be Kobe Bryant’s night in Miwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo stole the show Monday by registering the first triple-double of his young, ascendant career.

Bryant praised the youngster’s game, which came as a pleasant surprise to The Greek Freak.

The Bucks took care of the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 108-101.

Per the AP:

Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo put on a show against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night, reeling off the kinds of plays that Kobe Bryant used to make effortlessly in his prime. […] Then Bryant visited Antetokounmpo in the Milwaukee locker room after the Bucks’ 108-101 victory, the retiring star imparting wisdom to one of the league’s up-and-coming players.


The 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo “has the physical tools, the intelligence. Now it is just a matter of him believing in himself and going after it,” Bryant said. “He has the talent to be a great player.” […] Bryant had 15 points in 24 minutes, shooting 3 of 12 from the field and 8 of 9 from the foul line. He was feted with a pregame video tribute by Bucks coach Jason Kidd, who faced the 37-year-old Bryant numerous times during his playing days.


A night after losing in Chicago, the Lakers looked tired in the third quarter compared to the Bucks before rallying in the fourth to make it respectable. […] But they couldn’t keep up with Antetokounmpo, who had two running dunks in the final minute of the third quarter. The second came off a pass off the backboard from (Khris) Middleton to give Milwaukee a 24-point lead.