Amin Elhassan has gotten predictions wrong before … but never this wrong. Roll the tape.
The former ESPN personality, now of Meadowlark Media, thought the Bucks wouldn’t win another game after going down 0-2 to Phoenix in the NBA Finals. Predictably, Elhassan’s analysis aged poorly as Milwaukee, led by a Herculean performance from Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, proceeded to win its next four games en route to the Bucks’ first championship in half a century.
Now it’s time for Elhassan to eat crow. Throughout the day Wednesday, Elhassan will be manning a dunk tank at McGillycuddy’s Bar and Grill in Milwaukee, a short walk from Fiserv Forum, which has served as the Bucks’ home arena since 2018. To activate the dunk tank, all Bucks fans need to do is sink a free throw, just as Giannis sunk Phoenix’s title hopes in last week’s clincher by hitting 17-of-19 from the charity stripe (89.5 percent).
Prior to his breakthrough in Game 6, the 6’11” forward from Greece had struggled mightily at the line, connecting on just 63.6 percent of his attempts in Games 1-5. Antetokounmpo’s mental block may have been a byproduct of the relentless heckling he received from Suns fans, who were ruthless in their distraction tactics, mocking the 26-year-old’s excessively long free-throw routine by counting in unison.
Elhassan, who worked as Phoenix’s assistant director of basketball operations before breaking into sports media, clearly underestimated the Bucks, who held a decisive edge on the boards, outrebounding the Suns (who were playing without big man Dario Saric) 278-234 for the series. Milwaukee certainly benefited from injuries to Brooklyn (Kyrie Irving, James Harden), Boston (Jaylen Brown), Denver (Jamal Murray), the Lakers (Anthony Davis), Clippers (Kawhi Leonard), Atlanta (Trae Young, De’Andre Hunter) and Utah (Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley), but the Bucks weren’t playing with a full deck either. Donte DiVincenczo missed most of the playoffs with a torn ankle ligament while Antetokoumpo was slowed by a hyperextended knee suffered in the conference finals.
The fun—well not for Elhassan—begins Wednesday at 11 AM ET.