Giannis Antetokounmpo hurdles over helpless Knicks player/prop for NBA dunk of the year
Giannis Antetokounmpo was on the rare receiving end of a posterizing dunk when Kristaps Porzingis put one on him (Of course, Porzingis also tore his ACL on the play because the Knicks are cursed and I don't want to talk about it) during the second quarter of Tuesday night's game against the Knicks. It didn't take him long to respond with one of his own highlights. In fact, we're going to declare this jam over Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. the NBA's dunk of the year because the Greek Freak literally jumped over him. Check it out:
Good lord, Giannis has hops. There were some shades of Vince Carter at the 2000 Olympics when he jumped over 7-foot-2 Frederic Weiss for arguably the greatest dunk in basketball history:
The Knicks had drafted Weiss (over Ron Artest) the previous year, and the Frenchman never played a game in the NBA. Again, the Knicks are cursed and I don't want to talk about it.
But I'm happy to talk about Giannis, event though he made the 6-foot-6 Hardaway look like a dunk contest prop. Just look at this!
"I did not see Tim Hardaway under me," Antetokounmpo said after the Milwaukee Bucks' 103-89 win at Madison Square Garden. "I just went up there and just went hard and tried to get the ball and dunk the ball."
For the record, Hardaway said he never saw Giannis, either. Unfortunately for him, though, everyone else saw what happened to him. And basketball fans are going to be watching this highlight on loop for awhile.