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Washington Wizards’ Moritz Wagner (21) grabs his face after getting head butted by Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, rear, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, back on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Antetokounmpo was ejected from the game.

What this game evidently led to was Giannis ultimately checking out at the worst of times, a back-to-back MVP Filled campaign. This year was supposed to be a coming out 🥳 year for Greak Freek but it ended in him being ‘done-up’ by the Miami Heat in a 4 to 1 games near sweep of a NBA series. A shocker indeed to most NBA Fans who predicted what they presume the outcome of this series would look like.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was handed a one-game suspension for headbutting Washington Wizards center Moe Wagner during a game on Tuesday, the NBA said way back when. What that game revealed was a NBA Superstar that didn’t show maturation but instead degradation on his rise to NBA Superstardom. There was no way that Giannis who won a NBA MVP last and stated that he was only 60% of his true NBA potential should’nt have found himself losing the way he did against Jimmy Butler’s Heat.

Reigning MVP Antetokounmpo was ejected in the second quarter of the Bucks’ 126-113 win over the Wizards after he knocked his head into Wagner’s temple. Neither player was injured. This game although it way prior to the inevitable demise in the Bucks vs Heat series showcased a NBA Superstar who couldn’t handle pressure that amounted on him as ‘That Guy’ at the helm as Milwaukee’s premier player!

The incident occurred as a visibly frustrated Antetokounmpo approached Wagner near the Milwaukee hoop, moments after he was called for a charging foul. Giannis revealed mental lapses in this incident and since that time he showcased more and more mental lapses that led to him spiraling out of control in the NBA Playoffs where legends are made! Talk about bad timing 😪 from a young player who was showing soo much promise.

Oct 26, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives for the basket between Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) and guard Kendrick Nunn (25) ninth third quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The 25-year-old four-time NBA All-Star missed the Bucks’ game against the Memphis Grizzlies on a Thursday way back when. This 🎮 looking back at it was a telling sign of things to come that was brushed under rug even by HKHS because most felt that Giannis would somehow figure it out. The questions here 🤔 are did most of us outside of Miami Heat hopefuls chose to not see these early signs? Or did we just flat out overrate Giannis’s latent ability to perform under the bright lights in these most pressurize moments ala the NBA Playoffs? “It’s 😢 things that make you say, Hmmmmm! -HKHS

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