The Milwaukee Bucks are going nutty over Mario Hezonja.
A day before the Knicks' Christmas day showdown with Milwaukee, the Bucks team website posted a story on the Knicks players who have helped Giannis Antetokounmpo become "King of New York."
The tongue-in-cheek article, which was later taken down, listed Hezonja as one of those players.
Hezonja, of course, made a few enemies in Milwaukee earlier this month when he stepped over Antetokounmpo after throwing down a dunk in a Knicks victory over the Bucks on Dec. 1.
Following the game, Antetokounmpo said he would "punch him in the nuts next time," and added he was not joking.
NASTY 😱 pic.twitter.com/nBmpRjhm7l- NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) December 1, 2018
The rest of Milwaukee has not forgotten about that, either, and the team website did not pull any punches when writing about the 23-year-old forward or the Knicks.
"Arguably the worst player on a dreadful Knicks team, Hezonja was most recently seen getting a DNP-CD in a loss in a 'battle' between perhaps the two worst teams in basketball (Knicks, Hawks)," the story read. "Hezonja, who has fewer dunks this season (8) than Giannis has had in individual games this season, will go down in NBA history as the person whose [nuts] were put on warning by Giannis."
Hezonja, who indeed sat out the Knicks' most recent game and averages 17.6 minutes per game, was unavailable to the media after the team's Sunday practice, but head coach David Fizdale said he does not expect any fireworks between the forward and the "Greek Freak."
"I think it's just going to be competitive regardless," Fizdale said, per Peter Botte of the New York Post. "[Giannis] is a beast. He's a competitor and I know our guys are competitors. That's just good old basketball. Those guys are going to talk when they're out there on the court. That's just part of our game. I don't see nothing about [carrying over]."