Giannis Antetokounmpo (left) with interim Daily Show host Hasan Minhaj

Giannis Antetokounmpo (left) with interim Daily Show host Hasan Minhaj
Screenshot: Comedy Central

It’s unfair that Giannis Antetokounmpo is among the finest energy forwards in NBA historical past and in addition genuinely likable and humorous. We hardly ever get to see NBA gamers exterior of arenas through the season, however the two-time MVP took the time to look on The Daily Show on Monday evening, with comic Hasan Minhaj filling in as visitor host. A majority of Antetokounmpo’s time on the present was to advertise his household’s basis, named in honor of his father, Charles Antetokounmpo, however then there was time for comedy.

Well-versed in roasting and stand-up circles, Minhaj has the flexibility to comedically take down any adversary. Giannis isn’t precisely recognized for trash discuss regardless of how bubbly his persona is. His first quip takes a minor dig at Luka Dončić and new teammate Kyrie Irving, however you’ll be able to inform he’s even somewhat bit uncomfortable saying these issues about his contemporaries. Minhaj can inform, and took over for the seven-time All-Star.

Something about saying Dončić had “sausage arms and cankles” wasn’t pleasing to Antetokounmpo. And smack-talking Dončić’s nationality by saying “for a dude from Slovenia, you sure look like a dude from Alabama” didn’t encourage him to take up trash discuss. The front-runner for NBA MVP this season wasn’t the one one Minhaj needed Antetokounmpo to insult. His consideration turned to Nikola Jokić, saying it is going to be robust for the middle to make it to the NBA Finals when he “can’t make it through a Burger King drive-thru” and that he needs to be checking IDs exterior a hookah bar. Antetokounmpo tried to insert a praise sandwich by telling Jokić he “loved his game” however Minhaj had not one of the lovey-dovey discuss.

Antetokounmpo bought via one joke about Kevin Durant earlier than showering the present Phoenix Sun with reward and couldn’t even learn the punchlines meant for LeBron James, a lot to the frustration of Minhaj. Seeing Antetokounmpo exterior of arenas was an important probability for him to indicate the non-sports world extra of his persona and never just a few eggplant emojis on Instagram. Those alternatives are normally solely afforded to the Jameses and Steph Currys to indicate who they’re and not using a basketball of their palms. Consider me massively impressed with how Antetokounmpo dealt with himself and I hope we see extra of him in that highlight and comparable alternatives for others within the NBA.


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