Giannis Antetokounmpo’s wrist ailment is minor, reports say

Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts after injuring his right wrist against the Chicago Bulls during the first half at the United Center on February 16, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. Michael Reeves/Getty Images/AFP

Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo does not have a serious wrist injury, The Athletic and ESPN reported Monday.

Antetokounmpo traveled to New York on Monday for further testing on his ailing right wrist, ESPN reported, and according to both The Athletic and ESPN, the scan revealed no major damage.

He reportedly has ligament strain and will be able to return to the field once the swelling and pain subsides.

Antetokounmpo played just 20 seconds in the All-Star Game on Sunday, still hampered by a wrist injury he suffered in the Bucks’ win over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday. Antetokounmpo made the first layup of the All-Star Game and immediately followed up with an intentional foul to get out of the game.

Team Giannis defeated LeBron’s team 184-175.

“Take it day by day, try to get healthy,” Antetokounmpo said Sunday. “You know, it is obvious that I had the incident three days ago. I don’t think it’s wise … to play a lot of minutes in the All-Star game.”

Antetokounmpo also missed the All-Star Skills Challenge on Saturday night.

Antetokounmpo, 28, is averaging 31.8 points, 12.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 47 starts this season.

The Bucks return from the break on Friday to host the Miami Heat. Second-place Milwaukee is 41-17, a half-game behind the first-place Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference.


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