e’re currently wondering if Heat forward Josh Richardson has ever heard the phrase, “Respect your elders.”
It’s a fair question to ask, considering Richardson blocked Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson into oblivion on Saturday night.
Equally impressive was the hustle Richardson demonstrated to get to that loose ball: He jumped over Jefferson’s limp, rejected corpse.
Poor Jefferson. He was sure he had the easy basket, when out of nowhere comes Richardson to emphatically deny the bucket.
Well, Richardson has the advantage — he is 13 years Jefferson’s junior. Maybe Jefferson’s ring was weighing him down?
In any case, the Heat are taking the Cavaliers to the woodshed, and they led as much 30 in the third quarter of their Saturday showdown.
To do so, he must cash in on the vast potential he’s shown so early in his career. In 2013, he was plucked by the Bucks out of the obscurity of the Greek A2 league, a second-tier league that one scout termed, “the equivalent of Single-A baseball.” There was an air of over-hype around Antetokounmpo from the beginning—there wasn’t even agreement on how to spell his name, which showed up frequently as, “Adetokunbo”—as hazy reports of a point guard with Kevin Durant size trickled in from overseas.
For most, Antetokounmpo was too much a mystery, far more legend than reality. He would be a long-term project, scouts said, and it was assumed he would spend some time playing in Spain (he signed a contract with Zaragoza of the Spanish ACB League) before he made the jump to the NBA. One writer for a national website led off a story with the sentence, “Meet Giannis Adetokunbo, the next big European bust in this year’s NBA draft.”