The Bucks beat the Warriors on Saturday night to stop all the win streaks and shock the basketball world. And thatâ€™s great, but it was really just an undercard to the main event.
If you were in the BMO Harris Bradley Center for Milwaukeeâ€™s humongous victory over Golden State â€“ and a sellout crowd of 18,717 lucky persons were there â€“ then you probably already saw the thing that was pretty much everything. It was star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo imitating Justin Bieber, and itâ€™s worth seeing over and over and over and over again.
During a second-half stoppage, a video was displayed on the arena Jumbotron that featured Antetokounmpo, the Greek-born 21-year-old whose ongoing embrace of all American culture has been the most wonderfully delightful subplot of his three-year NBA career, doing an unabashedly amazing rendition of Bieberâ€™s "What Do You Mean?" Antetokounmpo was the second player during Saturdayâ€™s game to be shown participating in the Bucksâ€™ "Lip-Sync Battle," the teamâ€™s version of the popular "Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" bit.
The first video starred guard Khris Middleton wearing an afro and singing some song that was fine and whatever; for a relatively stiff basketball player, he was OK.
But then Antetokounmpo donned gold chains and sunglasses, and absolutely slayed his performance, out-Biebering the Biebs in terms of melodramatic affectation, hyper-sensual facial expressions and rhythmic gyrations, all of which have made him a fixture in the Bucksâ€™ taped, in-game dance segments this season.
The Greek Freak may not have known all the words, but who cares? He took off the sunglasses and one of the chains, did a Bieber bow at the end andÂ showed why he's one of the most charismatic and lovable players in the NBA.
Letâ€™s stop writing about Giannis imitating Bieber now and just watch Giannis imitating Bieber forever. Youâ€™re welcome.
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