Giannis Antetokounmpo: Knicks should call up my brother

Wednesday January 14th, 2015

Milwaukee Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo said the New York Knicks should call up his brother from the D-League, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the No. 52 pick in the 2013 draft, is currently playing for the Westchester Knicks. The 22-year-old is a 6-foot-7 forward and is averaging 13.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and a team-high 1.6 blocks.

New York has lost 15 straight games and recently traded J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert in a salary dump. With the Bucks and Knicks set to play on Thursday in London, Giannis Antetokounmpo said the Knicks have no reason not to give his brother an opportunity.

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"He’s ready," Antetokounmpo said at the Bucks practice Wednesday at O2 Arena. “I don’t think the Knicks have to lose anything. They lose 15 [straight] now. Tomorrow is going to be 16. They don’t have anything to lose. My brother could bring energy to the team and [is] hard-working, and guys from the team can see that and take something from him.’"

In his second season with the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo has emerged as a potential franchise cornerstone. He is averaging 11.7 points and 6.2 points for the Bucks.

The Knicks and Bucks play in London on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. ET.

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