The Washington Wizards lost to the Milwaukee Bucks last night. They are apparently a “shit show” according to Philadelphia 76ers guard Patrick Beverley (and perhaps many Wizards fans who read this site). But Washington rookie forward Bilal Coulibaly is getting love from some of the veterans on Milwaukee’s squad.
Yesterday during postgame availability, Bijan Todd of Monumental Sports Network had a chance to enter the Bucks’ locker room to ask Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard their thoughts on Wizards rookie forward Bilal Coulibaly.
Antetokounmpo was very optimistic about Coulibaly, saying that the “sky is the limit” for him. The Bucks star also gave his advice on what Coulibaly should do after tough games or stretches: lift weights and go to the gym.
I asked Giannis Antetokounmpo if he had any advice for Bilal Coulibaly.— Bijan Todd (@bijan_todd) November 21, 2023
Not only did he give some unbelievable advice, he also had some great things to say about the Wizards rookie
“He wasn’t scared of the moment…the sky is gonna be the limit for him.” pic.twitter.com/x16YfzJjtU
Lillard piggybacked off of that comment, adding that Coulibaly was not afraid of the moment defensively last night.
More high praise from the Bucks last night on Bilal Coulibaly.— Bijan Todd (@bijan_todd) November 21, 2023
Damian Lillard: “He looked the part. He used his length pretty well. He didn’t come off like he was worried or scared or nothing like that…he has a chance to be a really good player.” pic.twitter.com/23G0QLu9Es
Coulibaly had a strong game for Washington last night, scoring 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in just 25 minutes of action. If he can continue to play like this over the longer haul, don’t be surprised to see Coulibaly get more playing time and starts as this season continues.