This week on “The Anthony Irwin Show,” Mirin Fader of The Ringer hopped on to discuss her book on Giannis Antetokounmpo, “Giannis: The Improbable Rise of An NBA MVP,” as well as a profile she wrote on Andre Drummond back at the height of frustration from the Los Angeles Lakers’ fan base being directed at the polarizing big man.
We started by discussing what she’s seen from Giannis this postseason while he’s leading the Milwaukee Bucks, who find themselves championship favorites now that they’ve taken a 2-1 lead over the Atlanta Hawks. Does she get just as frustrated as the rest of us when they seem to play down to their opponents?
On Giannis specifically, Fader said it’s been fascinating to watch the reaction to such a publicly vulnerable and honest athlete — given the expectation NBA fans have for the top players in that league.
For Bucks fans who wish Giannis might push back a little more on Mike Budenholzer’s rotations or lineup choices, Mirin offered some insight into why it is Giannis tends to follow orders rather than rock the boat.
In the second half of the show, we segue over to Drummond and what she learned from her time interviewing him and those around him. Is it possible for an athlete to be too nice? It seems that might actually be the case.
We also discussed how she thinks he handled the criticism from fans on his game, the role he thinks he’s best suited for in the NBA, and whether Mirin thinks he might re-sign with the Lakers based on how the short time he spent with them went.
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