Giannis Criticized as 'Fakest in NBA' for Denying Role in Griffin's Firing

Milwaukee Bucks face turmoil amid recent coaching changes.

by Nouman Rasool
Giannis Criticized as 'Fakest in NBA' for Denying Role in Griffin's Firing
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Wednesday night marked a pivotal moment for Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks, as they played their first game following the unexpected dismissal of coach Adrian Griffin. The event stirred controversy, especially after Antetokounmpo's post-game comments regarding the decision.

Under Griffin's leadership, the Bucks had secured one of the league's best records. Yet, despite this achievement, Griffin was abruptly released from his position mid-season. The team promptly announced Doc Rivers as his successor, a move that has raised eyebrows across the NBA community.

In the wake of the Bucks' 126-116 triumph over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Antetokounmpo was questioned about Griffin's firing. The two-time MVP expressed admiration for Griffin, mentioning a personal invitation to his wedding, but also acknowledged the ruthless business nature of the NBA.

This nuanced response from Antetokounmpo sparked a wave of skepticism among fans, with some accusing him of dishonesty and implying his involvement in Griffin's departure.

Griffin's Controversial Exit

Griffin, in his 43-game tenure, led the Bucks to a commendable 30-13 record.

However, despite this success, he now finds himself without a team, fueling speculation about the dynamics within the Bucks organization. Speculation is rife that Antetokounmpo, as the team's marquee player, was consulted on major decisions, including Griffin's firing.

Although he has not explicitly admitted to any involvement, reports suggest he may have played a role. This is compounded by Antetokounmpo's earlier criticisms of the team's defensive strategies under Griffin, as the Bucks slipped to 20th in the league's defensive rankings – a stark contrast to their previous standing as a top defensive team.

Furthermore, newly acquired star Damian Lillard has also been reported to have reservations about Griffin's coaching style, particularly on the offensive front. Renowned NBA insider Shams Charania noted Lillard's struggles with the team's offensive dynamics, a factor that might have influenced the decision-making process within the Bucks.

Ultimately, while Antetokounmpo's direct influence on Griffin's firing remains unclear, the combined concerns of him and Lillard appear to have been a significant factor. The Bucks, having set their sights on immediate championship contention with the acquisition of Lillard, chose not to gamble on Griffin's long-term fit, despite his early success with the team.

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