Bucks' Giannis says inability to score lunch not a big deal
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 24, 2018 07:13 AM
FILE - LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 27: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks looks on during the game against the LA Clippers on March 27, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo helped the Milwaukee Bucks win a playoff game but couldn’t score a table at a Mexican restaurant.
Antetokounmpo says the social media-fueled mess over the missed meal isn’t a big deal.
At @BelAirCantina on water street and just watched @Giannis_An34 wait for a table for 10 minutes and no one helped him so he left... Dude just won Milwaukee a playoff game! Get him some service pic.twitter.com/hcjsJfThiA— Morgan (@MoSokanhe) April 22, 2018
The food flare-up started after a Bucks fan posted a picture on Twitter of the All-Star forward waiting at BelAir Cantina on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).
Earlier that afternoon, Antetokounmpo’s putback with five seconds left helped the Bucks beat the Boston Celtics in Game 4 to tie their first-round playoff series. Game 5 is Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) in Boston.
We are very sorry we weren’t able to seat Giannis Antetokounmpo in as timely of a manner as we would have hoped. The Milwaukee Bucks big win, thanks to his tip in and the team’s great play, combined with today’s... https://t.co/DTUaBH7hwY— BelAir Cantina (@BelAirCantina) April 23, 2018
The fan’s post went viral. He says Antetokounmpo stayed 10 minutes before leaving. The restaurant later posted a message on social media apologizing for not seating Antetokounmpo in “as timely a manner as we would have hoped.”
"I did not find it a big deal...it was a beautiful day, there were a lot of people enjoying their Sunday brunch. I've been in the restaurant a lot of times. They are good people."— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) April 23, 2018
- @Giannis_An34 on his Sunday post game meal: pic.twitter.com/SYpiCcj4Vv
The forward told reporters in Boston on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) that he left only because his ankle was bothering him. Antetokounmpo missed a couple of games late in the regular season with a sore right ankle.
Antetokounmpo says he knows the restaurant’s owners and calls them “really good people.” He added that he plans to take up the owners’ offer to pay for his next meal.