Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo says his team showed unity this past Wednesday and it was a valuable to each member of the Bucks locker room -- if you want something, you can do it. The Bucks refused to take on the court for Game 5 against the Orlando Magic in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, who was shot seven times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Bucks players were disturbed by the Blake shooting and they wanted to reach out to the Blake family to see how could they help. "One thing that moved me as a human being was that, if you really want to accomplish something and get something done, you can.
We were able to get his family's number within like 30 minutes," Antetokounmpo said, per ESPN. "And, we came together as a team, went in a circle, talked to his dad and his dad was tearing up telling us how powerful what we did on that day was for him and his family, and that's bigger than basketball to me.
Antetokounmpo says calling for positive changes bigger than basketball
"That's bigger than basketball," Antetokounmpo added. "Obviously, it's gonna be games that you come in and score 30, 35, 50 or whatever the case might be, but that you're going to remember.
The way we felt, we're going to remember the way we felt for the rest of our lives." Antetokounmpo's teammate Khris Middleton admits being an NBA star brings popularity to your name but he wants to use his voice and platform to urge people to be better members of the United States society.
"It's definitely tough for me. I've been known as a quiet guy for most of my career. But at the same time, we have a responsibility. A lot of people listen to us, a lot of people look up to us and a lot of people are watching us," Middleton said.
"I think the phrase when we were all growing up was, 'Don't let basketball use you, use basketball.' I think as you get older you realize that. All these cameras, all these microphones, the social media and whatnot, we realize how big of an impact we have.
How many people watch us and how many people want to be in our position at times, so we have a responsibility to fight for people that can't be heard at times."