Giannis Antetokounmpo Was Stunned by a Reporter’s Life-Changing Decision: ‘I Thought We Were Closer Than That’

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks snapped a five-game losing streak on Friday by defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder. The two-time MVP put up 29 points, 19 rebounds, and eight assists in the victory to help the Bucks improve to 17-13 on the season.

Despite the victory, though, Giannis Antetokounmpo was in a minor state of shock after the game. That’s because Bucks reporter Matt Velazquez made a life-changing decision the superstar forward didn’t know about.

Giannis Antetokounmpo can’t believe Matt Velazquez left without telling him

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Matt Velazquez covered the Bucks for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for seven years. He developed a close relationship with Giannis Antetokounmpo and produced a bevy of excellent columns.

Unfortunately for Antetokounmpo, Velazquez moved to Indianapolis to help his wife fulfill her dream of becoming a physician. As a result, the talented reporter no longer works for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and won’t cover Antetokounmpo and the Bucks anymore.

This is why everyone in Milwaukee loves Antetokounmpo. He knows all the reporters who cover the team by first name and respects the time and effort they put into their craft.

Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss seeing Matt Velazquez at Bucks practices and games. However, the All-Star swingman will surely understand why the NBA writer moved to Indianapolis after reading Velazquez’s goodbye letter to his readers.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo joked about how Matt Velazquez left Milwaukee without telling him or saying goodbye. The back-to-back MVP had no idea the reporter moved to Indianapolis.

Before the 2020-21 season started in late December, Velazquez wrote a farewell article for the Journal Sentinel. In it, he explained his decision to move to Indianapolis.

“It’s time for me to help my wife fulfill her dream of becoming a physician. We moved to Indianapolis in August so that she could get started on that path. I’m no stranger to a long commute, but Indianapolis to Milwaukee just isn’t feasible.

“Now that Andrea’s in medical school — and doing great, by the way — what’s next for me? When it comes to my career, I’m not totally sure yet. I still have some time to figure that out and am open to whatever opportunity provides the best fit for my family and me.”

Antetokounmpo will respect Velazquez’s decision, as the NBA star is a family man as well. The Greek Freak was just surprised Velazquez didn’t tell him personally about his move since the two have a good rapport.

It’s neat to see NBA players have positive relationships with the reporters who cover them. Now that Matt Velazquez is gone, it will be interesting to see who Giannis Antetokounmpo befriends next.

The Bucks haven’t looked like title contenders this season

The Bucks are in third place in the Eastern Conference standings. Despite acquiring Jrue Holiday from the New Orleans Pelicans, Milwaukee hasn’t played like a title contender this season.

There’s still plenty of time left in the regular season for Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks to turn things around. Only time will tell if the future Hall of Famer has what it takes to lead Milwaukee to the promised land.