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Milwaukee coach says NBA should protect players more

Milwaukee coach says NBA should protect players more

  • Bucks
Nov 23
SW Creative
  • SportsWriters

Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said that the NBA should find measures to protect their players more.

His comments came following recent fouls involving Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Antetokounmpo took a dangerous hit from Joel Embiid in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on November 18. Then, on Monday, the “Greek Freak” crashed with Jerami Grant in the 119-111 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

“Budenholzer was dissatisfied with the NBA’s officiating this season due to questionable decisions on Antetokounmpo,” said Budenholzer. “On Monday, the officials went to the monitor to evaluate the incident. They decided it was a common foul.

When Antetokounmpo was sprinting toward the opposing basket, Grant reached out to Antetokounmpo and accidentally slammed him to the floor. Justise Winslow grabbed him around the neck to hold him up but failed.

Antetokounmpo has been fouled 1,689 times over the past four seasons — more than eight times per game — and is the most fouled player in the league. Trae Young comes in second with 1,440 fouls.

The six-time All-Star leads the league in free throw attempts at 12.8 per game. However, he is only hitting 57.5 percent of his efforts. Antetokounmpo has the lowest shooting percentage among the top 100 players sent to the line this season. In terms of free throws, the Bucks are ranked 29th overall.

Antetokounmpo has made 13 starts this season, averaging 30.1 points, 11.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.1 blocks, and 1.1 steals. He is also shooting 52 percent from the field.

Milwaukee is second in the Eastern Conference with a 12-4 record. The team will face the Chicago Bulls at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

I just think sometimes the hits that Giannis is taking, the league needs to look at, the league needs to protect him. It’s not just him, anybody takes those hits, the league needs to protect players.”

- Mike Budenholzer

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