Maybe Shaquille O’Neal can move on from his feud with JaVale McGee and lock onto a new target: 76ers center Jahlil Okafor.
“Shaqtin’ a Fool,” the TNT segment that caused the vicious beef between Shaq and the Warriors center, tweeted from its official account a video of Okafor’s “defense,” if you can call it that, Wednesday night against the Heat.
Yeah, that really isn’t going to cut it. Okafor appears to be giving as much effort on defense as a second-semester senior gives in a home economics class.
This kind of effort would be hard to swallow at any point in the season, but can only sting worse coming on the same day the team announced fellow center Joel Embiid will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury.
Antetokounmpo, the son of Nigerian migrants, was born in Athens. He spent part of last summer performing obligatory service with the Greek army, and spent part of the summer working out in Los Angeles. He’s had many addresses. But ask him where he feels home is, and he breaks out a big smile, spreads his hand and waves it around the Cousins Center in St. Francis, just south of Milwaukee.
“Here,” he said. “The practice facility.”
At 22, Antetokounmpo has established himself as the most intriguing young talent in the NBA, a 6-11 rarely-seen combination of lengthy limbs, fast-twitch athleticism and natural basketball sense. This season, he became the first All-Star for the Bucks since Michael Redd in 2004, the longest string in the league, and carries with him the future prospects of a team trying to emerge from a decade-and-a-half of mediocrity.