HOLD ME BACK! Official camera recorded the moment of action of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s brother before the shocking brawl in the NBA
More mayhem would ensure after the on-court scuffle in the Bucks-Pacers contest. TV cameras were able to show Giannis Antetetokounmpo’s brother’s enraged reaction to an on-court skirmish during Wednesday’s game.
Giannis took a hard foul which led to a scuffle in the Bucks’ 140-126 win against the Indiana Pacers — the same game that saw him score a franchise-record 64 points.
TV cameras spotted a furious reaction from Giannis Antetokounmpo’s brother, Thanasis, after an on-court skirmish in the Milwaukee Bucks-Indiana Pacers clashCredit: ESPN
Thanasis was held back by Bucks teammate Jae Crowder after Packers small forward Aaron Nesmith wrapped his arms around Giannis and took the two-time MVP to the ground during a play Credit: ESPN
In the fourth quarter, Giannis drove to the basket in the offensive paint. As Giannis tried to pump-fake the ball, Pacers small forward Aaron Nesmith wrapped his arms around him and took the two-time MVP to the ground.
The players on the court confronted each other after the play. The refs gave a technical foul to Nesmith.
Bucks forward Bobby Portis showed his displeasure at Nesmeth, staring at the 2020 first-round pick.
The Greek star’s brother, Thanasis, immediately showed his frustration. Thanasis attempted to rush toward the action to his brother’s defense.
But Bucks teammate Jae Crowder held Thanasis back as the 31-year-old continued to try to jump into the action.
Giannis then noticed his brother’s reaction and held his hands up, signaling for him to stop.
More mayhem would ensue as Giannis was unable to retrieve his game ball from the Pacers after putting up 64 points in the Bucks win.
The 29-year-old superstar noticed a Pacers assistant taking the game ball to the visiting locker room.
Pacers and Bucks players then scuffled when Giannis “attempted to “enter the Pacers locker room” to receive his souvenir from the record-breaking game, according to the New York Post.
Indiana head coach Rick Carlisle told reporters that the team wanted to give the ball to Oscar Tshiebwe after he scored his first career point in the NBA.
Bucks security was able to get the ball for Giannis, per an NBA insider, but the NBA Finals MVP was confident that the object wasn’t the one he was given during the contest.
“It doesn’t feel like the game ball to me,” he told reporters after the game.
“It feels like a brand new ball.
“I can tell.
“I played 35 minutes today and I know how the game ball felt.
“The ball that I have, which I’ll take I’ll give it to my mom, but I don’t know if it’s actually the game ball.”
The 11-year NBA veteran went 20-28 from the field and made 24 of his 32 attempted free throws.