Punk America Twitter User With Fake Giannis Antetokounmpo Stats Line


Image for article titled Giannis became the Paul Bunyan of basketball


Screenshot: Drawing

Fake sports news on Twitter is getting a bit out of hand. I realize that part of responsible Internet use requires users to verify sources. It’s not like people haven’t been burned by fake Woj and fake Schefter has been counting for years, but handles like CockSources and Ballsack sports – while appealing to the more youthful side of my sense of humor – fool people with tweet designs that look so official they forget the name of the handle.

It is also easy to spread fake news when, no matter how excessive, said news Is match a person’s abilities or level of talent. The FIBA ​​Men’s Basketball World Cup Qualifiers aren’t being shown on ESPN, so few people are looking for the scoreline from Greece’s win over Belgium on Sunday. Therefore, if @Bobbysworld414 decides to Tweeter that Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded a 60-dots, 20-quadruple bounce-doubles in the game, many people will take this at face value.

During slow sports news on Sunday, two weeks before the start of the NFL season and more than a month before the MLB playoffs, the tweet gone viral. The entire stat line was 60 points, 20 rebounds, 12 assists, 10 blocks, three steals, no turnovers, on shooting intervals of 86/100/93.8. The stats were lined up vertically, atop a good photo of Antetokounmpo in a Greek jersey, and many people pluggedyou this.

What really happened was Antetokounmpo went for 26 points and seven rebounds and shot 3-9 from the free throw line in a 85-68 victory for Greece. Bobby’sWorld’s calculations were just a little off, but within a day the tweet garnered nearly 10,000 RTs and over 60,000 likes. A loss for precision and for the stability of a nation that continues to believe anything, but a huge victory for a user and for Antetokounmpo, because all these people have taken a look at one of the exploits the rarest in basketball – only four quadruple-doubles have been a record in NBA history – and I just assumed it was true. He is still quoted on Twitter on Monday afternoon.

This shows how high Antetokounmpo has risen in the eyes of basketball fans. As recently as the second round of the 2021 NBA playoffs, his entire game was being blasted apart by critics piece by piece. Its free-shooting is a handicap, he has average footwork, he can’t shoot, he commits too many offensive fouls, etc. Then Kevin Durant’s big toe touched that 3-point line and a few weeks later Antetokounmpo was down 50 points and went 17-19 from the free throw line, and the Milwaukee Bucks won their first NBA championship since before Jermaine left the Jackson 5.

Even before the title, this tweet would probably have been accepted as news by most people, but having seen Antetokounmpo these last two playoffs, it of course makes sense that he treats Belgium as My Player Mode on difficulty level the simplest.

The potential that has become visible in the Seven Bucks games, the first-round loss to the Boston Celtics in 2018 is now a reality. Antetokounmpo is the finest athletic specimen to ever play in the NBA. The way he runs and jumps, moves laterally and is also able to commit offense while standing over seven feet tall and built like a rock hewn in the shape of a basketball player, and he still has vision terrain similar to that of a guard.

It’s Bo Jackson from the NBA. Any sporting achievement is believable. If someone told you that while training in Greece, Antetokounmpo soared so high that he grabbed a basketball the top of a panel and tempered it, you could buy it.

Who wins a race between Giannis and a rocket. The race would never take place, because the rocket would not dare to show itself.

So yeah, I wish the fake sports news run by Twitter would stop being so good at fooling people. This highlights a much bigger problem of people believing what they want and not feeling the need to verify information. But what interests me now is how extreme an athletic feat would have to be before the average person believed Antetokounmpo couldn’t do it.