Enes Kanter Rips ‘Golden Child’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, Calls Him ‘Childish’

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Enes Kanter Rips ‘Golden Child’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, Calls Him ‘Childish’
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - DECEMBER 27:  Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks and Enes Kanter #00 of the New York Knicks exchange words during the second half of a game at Fiserv Forum on December 27, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Enes Kanter #00 was ejected from the game.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter isn’t a fan of Giannis Antetokounmpo after their altercation during Thursday’s 112-96 win by the Milwaukee Bucks. 

Per Marc Berman of the New York Post, Kanter referred to the Bucks superstar as “childish” when discussing the apparent hypocrisy in Antetokounmpo’s actions and words:

“You cannot say to the media, ‘I’m going to punch somebody in the whatever.’ If you’re the best player in the world or the worst player in the world, you cannot be talking about my teammate like that. It’s very childish of him. He’s an MVP candidate. He’s a cool dude and carrying that franchise, but you can’t be talking about my teammates like that.

“He’s the golden boy. He’s the golden child. I’m not trying to fight against superstars and All-Stars. It just happens. If it was something else, I would’ve gone after somebody else. Obviously he’s the golden child and they gave me two technicals. OK. Whatever? I’m going to leave the management to take care of all that stuff.”

The incident occurred during the fourth quarter when Kanter knocked Antetokounmpo to the floor on a drive to the basket. Antetokounmpo got up, leading to an argument before they were broken apart. 

Kanter was ejected after receiving two technical fouls. Antetokounmpo also received a technical foul, but he remained in the game.

Per Steve Popper of Newsday, Kanter needed stitches to close a cut above his left eye after taking an elbow from Thon Maker on the possession prior to his argument with Antetokounmpo.

Milwaukee’s “golden child” put on a clinic against Kanter in the win. The MVP candidate finished with 31 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists to help the Bucks move into the top spot in the Eastern Conference at 24-10. 

Kanter finished with just eight points and five rebounds before getting ejected. The Knicks dropped to 9-27 after the loss. 

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