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“He’s a commissioner's dream.” - Adam Silver dishes out high praise for Giannis Antetokounmpo

Adam Silver calls Giannis Antetokounmpo a global citizen who represents multiple cultures.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Adam Silver

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Adam Silver

NBA fans in Abu Dhabi got to see some end-to-end action as the Milwaukee Bucks took on the Atlanta Hawks in a preseason match-up. The scores were tight for most of the game, but the Hawks created some separation in the fourth quarter to win 123-113.

The game's highlight was Dejounte Murray's near triple-double with 25 points, eight rebounds, and nine assists – in his first game for the Hawks. The teams will face off one more time as a part of the 2022 Abu Dhabi Games before they return home.

Giannis being Giannis

Although the Bucks fell short by ten points, there were a lot of positive takeaways from the game. Multiple players stepped up to make all-around contributions, but Giannis Antetokounmpo stood out as expected. He tallied 19 points, seven rebounds, and two assists in 20 minutes on the floor and looked as smooth as ever.

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Giannis played the preseason match-up with the same intensity as he would any other game, which is a good sign to get the season rolling. Grayson Allen, Jrue Holiday, and Jevon Carter added to the team's offense efficiently – finding their shots in rhythm.

A global citizen

While taking the NBA global bodes well in terms of eventually creating a bigger talent pool, the current focus is to improve the sport's reach. The Abu Dhabi Games is a good step in that direction, given the involvement of players and coaches in various programs over the week.

In terms of representation, Antetokounmpo is a good example of the diversity in the league, which Adam Silver acknowledged as he addressed the press in Abu Dhabi.

"I think he's [Giannis] very much a global citizen. I mean, he represents Greece incredibly well, obviously his parents are from Africa, and now living in the United States," Silver said. "He truly is someone who can represent many different cultures."

"At the same time, I think he brings true joy to the game. You can see it in the style of play he engages in, and his relationship with his teammates. … He's a commissioner's dream," he added.

Giannis's excitement while working with the kids in coaching clinics in Abu Dhabi shined through, which says a lot about his character.

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