LeBron James responds to Channing Frye saying Giannis Antetokounmpo can’t score, and agrees with him.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is coming off another historic regular season in his 2019-20 campaign. His otherworldly averages earned him his second straight MVP honours, joining a handful of NBA legends who won back-to-back MVPs.
Though this is a feat that can only be achieved by players in the upper echelon of NBA history, this is merely a regular season award. When it comes to the NBA Playoffs, Giannis doesn’t have the greatest track record.
Whether it be 4 straight losses in the 2019 ECF to the Toronto Raptors, getting gentleman swept by the Miami Heat in the 2nd round of Bubble Playoffs, Giannis has underachieved.
This lack of Playoff success prompted Channing Frye to take shots at Giannis on Twitter.
Both LeBron and Channing Frye believe Giannis ‘cannot score’.
Back in November, Channing Frye sent a series of tweets lessening the Bucks and Giannis.
Channing Frye says the Bucks did NOT get better after the Jrue Holiday trade
His explanation was, “Giannis can’t score.” pic.twitter.com/CjCJR2nmf2
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) November 17, 2020
LeBron James recently appeared on the RoadTrippin Pod and discussed Channing’s comments on the Greek Freak.
LeBron said, “Channing said last week, ‘Milwaukee didn’t get better because Giannis can’t score.’ People went crazy online saying he averaged 30. I know what Channing is basically talking about. You got to break the game down.”
These comments by Frye were made after the Bucks’ acquisition of All-Defense guard Jrue Holiday.
You can watch the video here
Are LeBron James and Channing Frye right about Giannis not being able to score?
This is of course being taken out of context as it is obvious the reigning 2x MVP can hold his own on the offensive end of the floor.
However, when it comes to the Playoffs, the defense build a sort of ‘wall’ in the paint and doesn’t allow Giannis to barrel through, down the lane, as he does in the regular season.
This forces Giannis to take shots from range, which he is historically below average at. This is what Channing and LeBron were most probably referencing when saying he cannot score.