A bizarre incident involving Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and Sixers reserve Montrezl Harrell unfolded at Wells Fargo Center following Philly's win over visiting Milwaukee on Friday night.
The two centers apparently clashed over use of the court and a ball for the purpose of working on free throws.
Giannis, who missed a dismal 11 of 15 free-throw attempts in the Sixers' win, then shoved a large platform ladder that workers had moved in front of the basket where he was practicing.
The ladder came crashing down on the court but didn't hit anyone.
Asked to explain the strange scene after finally retreating to the locker room, Giannis called it an "unfortunate event" and said he never intended to disrespect anyone.
The dispute with Harrell flared when Harrell also took to the court to practice his free throws, according to Tim Bontemps of ESPN. After Giannis made a shot, Harrell took the ball and refused to return it to him, per Bontemps, because "he apparently was upset that Antetokounmpo was preventing him from getting in his own work."
Harrell later said on Twitter that Giannis had ignored his request to let him practice his free throws.
Giannis claimed he had offered to shoot together with Harrell, and that he was told no and should leave.
"I respect every player," Antetokounmpo said. "I know some players don't play now, they want to get some extra work, want to work on their skills and stuff, and I said, obviously we can shoot together. They said, they told me no, this is their court, I should leave. I was like, I have three more free throws, I was at seven, I want to try to make 10 in a row. I shot my eighth one. Came and took the ball away from me and I was very surprised. I feel like it's very unprofessional. I would never take the ball away from a professional athlete when he's trying to do his job."
After Harrell left with the ball, Giannis went to the locker room to get two more and then returned to the court, where the ladder had been erected in front of the basket.
"I went back out there to shoot and there was a ladder in front of me," Antetokounmpo said. "And I said, 'Can you please move the ladder? And they said, 'No.' I said, 'Can you guys please move the ladder?' They said, 'No.' I was like, 'Guys, I have two more free throws, can you please move the ladder?' And they said, 'No.'"
That's when he shoved the ladder. It skidded a few feet toward the sideline before it crashed down on its side.
Giannis said he wasn't sure if he should apologize because he didn't feel like he did anything wrong.
Harrel had already left the locker room by the time reporters could gather what had transpired, according to Bontemps. The Sixers declined to comment.