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Giannis Antetokounmpo explains decision to re-sign with Bucks: “It’s the place I want to raise my kids”

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NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo shook the basketball world earlier this week when he announced his decision to forego 2021 free agency and signed a five-year, $228 million max contract extension.

Some of the reasons for signing the deal now are obvious: guaranteed money, and a chance to win the title with a competitive roster. But if you ask the 26-year old why he did it, family and loyalty played a huge factor.

“It’s the place I want to be. It’s the place I want to raise my kids. I feel good here. My family feels good here, so I’m good.” said Antetokounmpo.

“Being on a team that trusted me, believed in me, took care of me, took care of my family. I always want to give back and I’ve been trying to give back since day one, since I’ve been here. I’ve got more to give.”

Antetokounmpo, who was selected 15th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, has already been selected to four NBA All-Star Games, and has two MVP Awards and one Defensive Player of the Year Award under his belt.

Throughout his seven seasons with the franchise, he has averaged 20.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists. In 2019/2020, he posted a career-best 29.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game for the first place Bucks, who eventually went on to lose in the second round of the NBA Playoffs to the Miami Heat.

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Jimmy Butler has chance to send Heat to Finals, can’t deliver after clanking wide open three off front of rim

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The Miami Heat were so close to competing the comeback and heading off the NBA Finals.

They were down by two and had possession with less than 20 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Instead of managing the clock and waiting as long as possible to get a shot off, Butler tried to take advantage of having a wide open shot and fired off a transition three with no defenders around him with still 17 seconds left. Unfortunately for the Heat, Butler simply didn’t get enough lift into the shot and clanked it off the front of the rim.

By the end of it all, Celtics won by four and find themselves off to the next round while the Heat are forced to reminisce over what went wrong.

Did Jimmy make the right decision? Watch the video below and let us know what you think!

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Raptors forward Pascal Siakam selected to All-NBA third team

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Pascal Siakam accomplished something that not a lot of players that failed to make the All-Star team can do.

The Toronto Raptors forward was officially selected to the 2022 edition of the All-NBA third team after receiving 42 third-team votes and seven second-team votes.

The 28-year old played exceptional on both ends of the floor, and bounced back after a rough pandemic-shortened campaign in Tampa Bay. He averaged 22.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists through 68 games in 2021/22.

Siakam is just the third player in franchise history to receive the honour (Vince Carter, DeMar DeRozan). It marks the second time in his career he was selected to an All-NBA team. He was previously selected to an All-NBA second team after an impressive All-Star season in 2019/2020.

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Award-winning rapper J. Cole will be playing basketball in Canada this summer

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J-Cole wants to prove to everybody that he is more than just a rapper. He is also an aspiring basketball player and will get to play professionally north of the border.

The Grammy-winning artist has reportedly signed a contract to play for Canadian basketball team Scarborough Shooting Stars of the
Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL).

The 37-year old previously played basketball in Africa last May with
Patriots Basketball Club of the Basketball Africa League, but left after just three games due to “family obligations”.

The Shooting Stars will open their season against the Guelph Nighthawks on May 26.

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