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