Former U.S. President Bill Clinton was courtside Monday night in New York taking in the Milwaukee Bucks’ game against the Brooklyn Nets.
It’s not the first time that Clinton has attended Bucks games, having appeared most prominently at Game 6 of last year’s first-round series in Milwaukee. Clinton is close friends with Bucks co-owners Mark Lasry and Wes Edens — who have been donors to the Democratic Party in the past — and he joined them and fellow co-owner Jamie Dinan to take in their team’s 113-94 victory over the Nets.
But despite his close personal relationship to the owners — he and Hillary Clinton attended the wedding of Lasry’s daughter — the 42nd president’s interest and knowledge regarding the NBA team comes across as very real.
When interviewed by NBATV Monday night, Clinton expressed his excitement about the play of Giannis Antetokounmpo and the moves the Bucks made to add to the roster in the past year.
“He’s unbelievable, and he’s really come into his own this year,” the 72-year-old Clinton said of the Greek Freak. “I love to watch him. But he’s got a lot of good help now. You know it’s a different team now … They got George Hill. George Hill is reliable, he’s a great team player, he adds value to every place he ever plays. They’ve done things that works, and (Brook) Lopez is doing great there.”
Later in speaking with writer Chris Sheridan, Clinton once again praised Antetokounmpo calling him a “once in a generation player, one of the great players in the league.”
“This is becoming a team. It’s a different, strong team. The veterans they picked up are adding value. They can put three 7-footers on the floor if they want to and still move up and down the court. It’s a great, fascinating thing. I can’t wait to see what becomes of them,” Clinton added.
“They’ve got some work to do, but they have the personnel now that can really do something exceptional.”
Clinton certainly sounded like someone who frequently is tuning into Bucks games with his answers. And he’s justified in his excitement for watching: Milwaukee is first in the Eastern Conference with a 39-13 record and league-best plus-10 scoring differential.
Contributing: Jeff Zillgitt