Giannis Antetokounmpo can’t stop growing

, on December 3, 2013 , 4:30PM



It’s been a while since we’ve had a good “This guy is still growing” story in the NBA. As far as I can remember, the most notable recent growth spurt was Paul George in 2011, who grew two inches to 6-foot-10 in a single offseason. Since then, it’s been slim pickings, though I suppose we have to assume that Paul George has continued to grow at this rate during every summer and now stands 7-foot-4. (However, a quick check of the Pacers’ team website reveals that the team now lists George at 6-foot-9, meaning he’s shrunk an inch since 2011. What is going on with this kid’s height? Let’s get his pituitary gland checked out to make sure everything’s chill.)


Lucky for us, though, there’s a new freak who can’t stop getting taller. From the Racine Journal Times:


Not only is Antetokounmpo’s game growing, so is his body. When the Bucks drafted him in June, he was 6-9. Now, just more than five months later, he has added more than an inch to his lanky frame.


“I am now 6-10 and one quarter,” Antetokounmpo said smiling.


He then paused before adding, “I still have 3½ years to grow.”


Indeed, doctors have informed Antetokounmpo and Bucks officials that the former’s growth plate is still open. In all likelihood, he’ll become a 7-footer.


There are so many things about this that are scary. He’s only 18, so it makes sense that he’s still growing, but becoming a 7-footer? That’s just not fair for someone that athletic. That is kind of terrifying for the league, especially considering he’s just an 18-year-old who is already making plays in the NBA. Give him another few inches and we’re talking serious yikes potential.


However, the thing that’s scariest to me is those hands he’s got. I mean, look at these things.


giannis big hands


Now imagine he grows another couple inches and then further imagine what will happen to his hands if that happens.


giannis giant hands


No thank you, Dave Grohl in “Everlong.” Too scary. Keep the milk away from him, please, because I do not want a hand this big to become a reality. No one wants their nightmares coming true.

Video: The Warriors’ D-League mascot is a dancing sea turtle in sunglasses

, on December 3, 2013 , 3:00PM


Look, I don’t know what to tell you guys. The Santa Cruz Warriors, who are the D-League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors, have a mascot named Mav’Riks — which is a really weird name for a Warriors team, by the way, though I really hope it’s a deep zinger about their 2007 first round upset of the Dallas Mavericks — and it is a sea turtle that wears sunglasses and dances.


And sometimes, the Internet rips a clip of him dancing in silence and it is just magical and not at all unsettling. Have you ever seen a human-sized turtle with such graceful moves that appear to be inspired by complete silence (even though we know there has to be music playing)? I don’t think you have, because human-sized sea turtles just aren’t that common these days. I personally haven’t seen one in ages and I’m always looking. Glad to see they’re still around here and there.


(via Seth Bawl)

Tue. Dec. 3: F’real

, on December 3, 2013 , 1:39PM


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On Tuesday’s live episode of The Starters, the guys discuss the Blazers’ “statement win,” LMA’s knee vs. Roy’s “Hibberts,” Duncan’s historic night, that insane triple overtime game, Trey Burke, and the Wizards’ starters compared to their bench.


All that, plus Brent Barry joins us, in studio, to critique Leigh’s shooting stroke, before talking about intentionally missing free throws, coaching gamesmanship, and Spike Lee movies.




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NBA Happenings: Dec. 3, 2013

, on December 3, 2013 , 9:43AM



Shoutout: Tim Duncan had a 20-20 game (23 points and 21 rebounds) and hit a game-winning jumper off a pindown screen, all at age 37, which is only old for athletes. I’m starting to think less and less that he’s a cyborg and more and more that he is literally a real life version of Dorian Gray, who will never age but does have a deteriorating portrait in his attic where his face looks exactly like Gregg Popovich’s.


Not so much: It’s pretty cool that we saw the Bulls’ first regular season triple overtime game since 2001, but the game itself wasn’t actually that cool. In particular, anti-cool was Kirk “0-for-8 from Three” Hinrich, whose 4-15 overall performance from the field meant he was somehow the best Bulls point guard of the evening.


Miracles: Here is evidence that Tim Duncan is a mythical character.



How many non-stretch big men get down screens from guards to hit game-winning jumpers? I realize this is a hyper-specific question to ask, but I’m guessing the answer is “not many.”