Giannis Antetokounmpo and Montrezl Harrell engaged in a post-game brawl that included the former MVP defeating the ladder

The Philadelphia 76ers earned a hard-fought 110-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night, but the toughest battle was reserved for after the game. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who shot 4-for-15 from the foul line Friday and is shooting a season-high 58.7 percent, attempted free throws on the court at the Wells Fargo Center after the game. Philadelphia linebacker Montrezl Harrell disagreed. He and assistant coach Jordan Love returned to the court and Harrell took the ball from the two-time MVP.

“This is not f—— Milwaukee,” Harrell told Antetokounmpo, per Joe Vardon and Eric Nehm of The Athletic. “Take it— from there.”

Love reportedly stood between Harrell and Antetokounmpo, who went to the locker room only to return with two basketballs. However, when the two-time MVP tried to shoot, a Wells Fargo Center employee placed a ladder between him and the basket. When he refused to move it, Antetokounmpo knocked it down.

“I never try to disrespect anybody, in any way shape or form,” Antetokounmpo said after the incident. “I feel like today was just an unfortunate event that took place. I think people didn’t respect the fact that sometimes players want to do a little bit of extra work. I think it’s unprofessional to kick someone off the field or take the ball or whatever else. It might be. Or put the ladder in front of someone while they’re trying to do their job. We get paid to do that. We weren’t just elected. We get paid.”

Harrell reportedly continued to yell at Antetokounmpo as he tried to shoot. “Yeah, I got the ball, get the f— out of here,” Harrell said, as Giannis yelled from his end, “I’m doing my f—- job.” When Antetokounmpo’s brother, Thanasis, went to court, Harrell threatened him. “I’m going to kick your ass,” Harrell reportedly said before adding “you better send that s— back to the locker room.” Thanasis left the field without incident.

There is no NBA rule that prohibits players from shooting either themselves or into the opponent’s court after a game. In fact, players do this relatively often. Kobe Bryant infamously did it in Miami in 2011. But Harrell seemingly disagreed. The Bucks will not return to Philadelphia this regular season, but will host the 76ers in Milwaukee on March 4. They could also meet in the postseason, which would send the Bucks back to Philadelphia.

As a cap on the night, someone kept turning the lights on and off in the Milwaukee locker room after the incident. At first, that upset an already frustrated Bucks team. However, it later turned out that the culprit was 2-year-old Liam Antetokounmpo — Giannis’ son. That may have eased the tension on Friday, but don’t expect these teams to be particularly cozy when they meet in March for a rematch.

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