NBA playoffs 2019: Giannis Antetokounmpo abruptly walks out of press conference after loss to Raptors

Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn’t willing to answer many questions after the Bucks were eliminated from the playoffs with a loss in Game 6 to the Raptors during the Eastern Conference finals. 

ESPN reporter Malika Andrews asked both Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton if they thought experience was a factor in their early exit from the playoffs. Antetokounmpo was clearly frustrated after the 100-94 loss and didn’t answer the question. Instead, he stood up and walked off from his press conference.

The move left Middleton with a confused look on his face, but he went on to answer the question.

There was some speculation that Antetokounmpo might have taken offense to Andrews’ question because the reporter had just published a piece indicating that Antetokounmpo could leave Milwaukee when he becomes a free agent.

She wrote: “A source close to Antetokounmpo said that getting to the NBA Finals is not just an ambition, it could tip the scales as he weighs his contractual future.”

While the Bucks head back to Milwaukee after losing four straight games, the Raptors will face the Warriors in the NBA Finals. This marks the first time in franchise history Toronto has made it this far in the playoffs. Game 1 of the series is set for Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.