As reported by Michael Hurcomb of CBS Sports, Giannis Antetokounmpo has said that it’s time for the Knicks to bring his brother up to the NBA.
Honestly, who’s to say that Giannis is wrong? The Knicks are sinking to the basement of the league and they got rid of three big players in their rotation. They have nothing to lose by giving Giannis’ younger brother, Thanasis, a chance to prove whether or not he belongs in the NBA.
Older brother Giannis voiced his opinion to the New York Post before the Bucks’ game against the Knicks:
“He’s ready,” Giannis said Wednesday, per the New York Post. “I don’t think the Knicks have to lose anything. They lose 15 [straight] now. Tomorrow is going to be 16. They don’t have anything to lose. My brother could bring energy to the team and [is] hard-working, and guys from the team can see that and take something from him.”
“He’s going to make it,” Antetokounmpo said. “I think the callup is going to be soon, hopefully soon. My brother is working hard, keeps staying focused and does what it takes to make it in the league. He’s working, effort is going to pay off.
“I thought he [would] get called up before the game. I’m a little disappointed he’s not going to play tomorrow against me.”
The Knicks are still looking to make some deals and unload bigger contracts, so Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher should really take a page out of the Sixers’ book and give their younger players a shot to grow and experience NBA competition.