KEY POINTS

  • Antetokounmpo reacts to a reporter's piece on The Athletic
  • Antetokounmpo donating funds to Bucks staff
  • Bucks star possibly unhappy about paid article

NBA stars like Giannis Antetokounmpo will frequently make basketball headlines and the last thing they would do is pay to read articles that some sites require. Also, that article could be controversial in a sense - something that all starts from the headline which could be, at times, clickbait.

But of course, The Athletic has been known to be better than that. They do come up with great NBA articles that go in-depth. Unfortunately for one writer, Eric Nehm, there was a piece that the Greek Freak seemingly did not entirely draw his approval. Antetokounmpo responded to Nehm via Twitter, telling him that he would not be paying $6.99 to read a certain article.

The fact that Antetokounmpo responded to it could work for Nehm and The Athletic. A gist of the story covers a past game when the Bucks star slammed one home against Bruno Caboclo back on Dec. 13. The 25-year-old drew a technical after posterizing Caboclo for trash-talking after the play. Some feel that the reason behind the emotional outburst is because Antetokounpo was seeking to avenge Greece's loss to Brazil at the FIBA World Cup. For those who may have missed that sequence, check out the video from Sports Center below.

As for the response of Antetokounmpo to Nehm, it sent off a lot of things. Was he being playful or was he irked about making a story out of it? Does the Greek Freak have a problem with paying for articles? That may never be known.

The thing about writing sports is that some tend to go overboard and try to find a different angle for obvious attention (or hits which is more common for online content). Like it or not, the fact is that these are pieces that people love to read. But as far as paying for them, not all are too comfortable with that arrangement.

Regardless, life goes on for the NBA and Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bucks still own the best NBA record before games were suspended and there is no telling what league commissioner Adam Silver plans to do moving forward. The world is paralyzed by the coronavirus pandemic and the best the 2019 NBA MVP can do for now is extend help to those in need. He did just that, donating $100,000 to the Milwaukee Bucks staff who need support with operations suspended.

giannis Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts to a foul called against him during the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on December 21, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images