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Giannis Says He Didn’t Plan to Disrespect LeBron James with 2019 Crown Celebration

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo told ESPN’s Malika Andrews on NBA Today Wednesday he didn’t mean to slight LA Lakers forward LeBron James along with his “crown” celebration throughout a 111-104 win in Dec. 2019.

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“It had been nothing against LeBron,” Antetokounmpo said. “That’s my last name. This means crown.”

Antetokoumpo previously noted his name’s meaning within an Instagram story in Oct. 2018, per Nick Kampouris of the Greek Reporter. In the post, Antetokounmpo’s mother, Veronica, appeared within an image wearing a shirt that reads “the crown from over the seas.”

Antetokounmpo was rolling for the reason that game when he made the crown gesture. He previously just hit his fifth three-pointer on the way to 34 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. The growing season ended with him winning his second straight NBA MVP award.

Antetokounmpo became an NBA champion the next year, cementing his Finals MVP status with a 50-point performance to cap a six-game series make an impression on the Phoenix Suns.

He’s indisputably among the kings and faces of the league nowadays, as is James, who’s entering his 20th NBA season and contains four NBA championships, four NBA MVP awards and 18 All-Star appearances to his name.

Seeing James and Antetokounmpo on the court together is definitely must-see action, and which will be the case again this year. The Bucks will host L.A. on Fri., Dec. 2, as the Lakers will welcome Milwaukee into town on Thu., Feb. 9.

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