Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo out vs. Wizards with shoulder soreness

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) in action during an NBA basketball game. (Christophe Ena/AP)

Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed as out for Tuesday’s game against the Washington Wizards with right shoulder soreness, the team announced.

The Bucks haven’t played a game since last Friday when they faced the Hornets in Charlotte, prior to Kobe Bryant‘s death this past Sunday. Soon after the news was reported, Antetokounmpo deleted all of his social media accounts, effectively going dark from any sort of public interaction.

All players in the NBA have some sort of connection to Bryant, and Antetokounmpo is no exception. In 2017, for example, Bryant issued several challenges to some famous figures on Instagram, including DeMar DeRozan and Isaiah Thomas. Antetokounmpo reached out to Bryant for his own challenge, and the future Hall of Famer told him via Twitter to win the MVP award.

Two seasons later, the now-reigning MVP has led his club to a league-best 40–6 record, and the team is currently on an eight-game win streak.

Antetokounmpo is averaging 30 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.0 block on 55.7 per cent shooting from the field, and looks to be the favourite to win the league’s premier award again.

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