ESPN analyst Jay Williams roasted Giannis Antetokounmpo over his 10-second violation in Game 3.
In the NBA, you need to be able to make your free throws. Also, you need to actually be able to take your free throws before getting whistled for a 10-second violation at the foul line.
That’s exactly what went wrong for Giannis Antetokounmpo in Game 3 of the Milwaukee Bucks‘ second-round series against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night. Giannis has been trying to reform his free-throw shooting motion for years now, and this season, his coaches have emphasized taking his time at the foul line.
The Greek Freak has taken too long on some occasions, however, which is why opposing fans have even gone as far as counting loudly to 10 to speed along his process and get in his head whenever he goes to the foul line.
No such chants were heard in Milwaukee for Game 3, of course, but maybe they would’ve been helpful, since Giannis was whistled for a 10-second violation in the first half on Thursday. At halftime, ESPN analyst Jay Williams let him have it:
“Here’s a stat for you, Jalen Rose: It takes a shorter time for Usain Bolt to run a 100-yard dash than it does Giannis to shoot a free-throw,” he said. “You would think if you’re shooting 28 percent from the free-throw line tonight and 23 percent for the series, why is your routine so long? It should be faster so you’re not spending as much time thinking about the shot, and just reacting and shooting the shot.”
Jay Williams served up some cold truth for Giannis Antetokounmpo
Williams’ fun fact may be not so fun for Bucks fans, but he’s not wrong, either. Antetokounmpo shot just 68.5 percent from the foul line during the regular season, and that number has dipped in the playoffs.
The Bucks need all the points they can get down 2-0 in the series against Brooklyn, so it might be time to scrap Giannis’ normal free-throw routine in favor of a quicker one that has him thinking about every attempt a little less.