Giannis Antetokounmpo’s controversial, game-winning shot to beat the New York Knicks on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden was the latest highlight in a season filled with them. At age 22, the Greek Freak has made the leap from promising young talent to MVP contender.
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Just how good has Giannis been?
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Is the unique Greek the best MVP candidate in the East, ready to compete for the trophy with Russell Westbrook, James Harden and LeBron James?
“We’ve already reached the point where we are willing to give up some 2s, even near the basket, to prevent corner 3s,” Gordon Hayward told ESPN.com. He ain’t lying.
The Hawks have not yet publicly addressed the report beyond Wilcox’s statement to Deadspin.
Danny Ferry, the Hawks’ previous general manager, stepped down in 2015 after a lengthy leave of absence following racially inflammatory comments about then-free agent Luol Deng. During a conference call with the Hawks’ ownership group, Ferry referred to comments in a scouting report when he described Deng as someone who “has a little African in him.”
Deng, who is from South Sudan, eventually signed with the Heat.
In 2014, Bruce Levenson, then-owner of the Hawks, chose to sell his controlling interest after he self-reported an email he wrote to the team’s co-owners and Ferry in 2012 that he called “inappropriate and offensive.” Levenson said in a statement at the time that the racially offensive comments he made came as he pondered ways to bridge Atlanta’s racial sports divide and increase fan attendance at Hawks games.