Giannis Antetokounmpo Drops a Triple-Double on the Lakers (VIDEO)

by February 23, 2016

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.