Giannis Antetokounmpo just went full Super Saiyan over the poor, unsuspecting Tim Hardaway Jr in one of the most brutal, other-worldly dunks seen in eons.
The Greek Freak is a man unto himself, as you’re all probably aware by now, but today’s leaping effort – in which he completely cleared a grown-ass man – is something else entirely.
Look at this.
Look at it.
The still photo of it is somehow even better, providing an image that’ll be splashed on posters for years to come.
Flight! pic.twitter.com/gN7wQkFXn1— NBA (@NBA) February 7, 2018
Even though the Bucks were the away team, the crowd at Madison Square Garden practically went into fits. Check out John McEnroe‘s reaction, fer cryin’ out loud.
Here’s the dunk again, but with Milwaukee-area play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson calling the shots.
The basketball gods blessed us with Gus Johnson also calling the Giannis Antetokounmpo jumpover dunk of Tim Hardaway Jr.— Luka Wobčić (@World_Wide_Wob) February 7, 2018
The result is as good as we could have imagined ???? pic.twitter.com/80Z3EefS4i
The dunk conjures up some solid comparisons to Vince Carter‘s iconic Olympic Dunk during the 2000 Sydney Games.
But even still, Giannis did that without the stiff arm to support the boost.
One clean jump.
As you’d imagine, Twitter is having fits.
How did Tim Hardaway Jr. not fight Giannis after that dunk. Even if you can't see through the tears, you have to swing on principle.— Zito (@_Zeets) February 7, 2018
Elon Musk launched a car into space, and Giannis was like “lol okay watch this.”— Karmonique Wilkians (@IanKarmel) February 7, 2018
Great moments in Greek history:— Nick Metallinos (@NickMetallinos) February 7, 2018
1) Winning Euro 2004
2) Giannis jumping over Tim Hardaway Jr
3) Mark Phillipoussis beating Pete Sampras at the '96 Australian Open
did y'all hear Giannis jumped over someone— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) February 7, 2018
hardaway was a solid role player but has been relegated to the answer to an nba trivia question about antetokounmpo— josh (@HoopPlusTheHarm) February 7, 2018
I still don’t know if that Antetokounmpo alley-oop is real. I know I saw it. But you’re not supposed to be physically able to do that.— Raphielle Johnson (@raphiellej) February 7, 2018
Throwing my phone in a river to get this evil downstream https://t.co/L6rVZYOewG— BUM CHILLUPS (@edsbs) February 7, 2018
Fitting that Antetokounmpo’s insane dunk comes 30 years to the day after Michael Jordan delivered his literal world-changing Slam Dunk Contest effort from the free-throw line that quite literally launched the symbol of the globally dominating Air Jordan brand.
If Giannis’ visage from this one doesn’t wind up on shoes tout suite then there’s something very wrong with this world.