Of all the NBA stars, Alex Caruso is not the most outspoken player, bion the contrary. However, during a recent appearance in a podcast, he did not hesitate to drop a good tackle on Giannis Antetokounmpo. According to the Bulls point guard, the Greek Freak was playing with the help of the referees!
Giannis Antetokounmpo is currently in Greece to prepare for the EuroBasket which will take place next September. His national team will not be preferred against teams like France or Slovenia, who shone at the last Olympic Games, but with a player of this caliber, you always have to be wary. In great shape, it can be absolutely unplayable, especially on the physical level.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo clearly favored by the referees?
And then with FIBA rules that allow him to stay in the line to protect the circle, his defensive qualities should be even more evident on the courts during this international competition. But for Alex Caruso, no matter the rules, the Greek Freak always has an advantage, since the referees will be on his side. He explained it in the JJ Redick podcast, talking about the playoff series between his Bulls and the Bucks:
The Bucks kicked our ass physically, and it was even worse when they managed to find their stride collectively, they ran into us. The difference in experience also makes the difference in the series. And then the referees don’t call any offensive foul against Giannis Antetokounmpo so obviously it’s difficult to defend on him and stop him.
For Alex Caruso, Giannis Antetokounmpo would never be sanctioned in attack, even when he commits certain faults such as force passes. But with his size, his speed and his power, elements which clearly accentuate the shocks with the opponents, the slightest contact looks like a fault, and in doubt, the referees probably prefer to let play.
And the observation can go in both directions, since as james lebron, the Greek Freak is often the victim of uncalled fouls when approaching the basket. The referees know that he is very difficult to stop with his physical qualities, so they give the defenses a chance on certain disputed contacts. Alex Caruso may not be the only one to complain, but superstars have privileges that others don’t…
Giannis Antetokounmpo has certain freedoms in attack, with fouls not whistled against him, thanks in particular to his status as a superstar. But conversely, he also has to deal with illegal contact which is not sanctioned and does not send him to the throwing line. It’s a balance.