PJ Tucker has often been on the receiving end of a lot of bully ball from Giannis Antetokounmpo. He’s obviously pleased to be on the Bucks now.
The Milwaukee Bucks have been one of the best regular-season teams in the NBA for the last few years. However, that has not translated to success in the post-season.
To remedy this, the franchise has brought in many new players that can strengthen the roster around Giannis Antetokounmpo. And one of their most recent, and interesting acquisitions is PJ Tucker.
Tucker was a high-value role player for the Houston Rockets during their years of title contention. However, with the franchise now rebuilding, they opted to ship Tucker away for younger players and assets.
With PJ Tucker now in Milwaukee, the player spoke out about his first interaction with Giannis Antetokounmpo after being on the same team.
“I don’t have to guard you”: PJ Tucker to Giannis Antetokounmpo after joining the Milwaukee Bucks
Speaking on the subject of his encounter with Giannis Antetokounmpo, this is what he had to say:
“He looked at me and I looked at him and we both said the same thing. He was like, “I don’t have to go against you no more.” And I said, “Yeah. And I don’t have to guard you anymore.” And we both laughed because we’ve had some epic battles.”
The NBA has released its updated MVP rankings:
1) Nikola Jokic
2) Damian Lillard
3) Giannis Antetokounmpo
4) LeBron James
5) Joel Embiid
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) March 19, 2021
Whenever the Houston Rockets played the Milwaukee Bucks, PJ Tucker’s defensive assignment was the Greek Freak. And with both being elite at their jobs, it makes sense they were relieved they didn’t have to face each other anymore.
Looking forward though, the Milwaukee Bucks will hope that Tucker’s experience in the playoffs can help the franchise get over their post-season hump. And if they can, we might just see the Giannis Antetokounmpo raise the Larry O’Brien during 2021.