By now, you’ve probably seen the video of the man who punched a kangaroo to save his dog – and if you haven’t, you need to – but even those who are quite familiar with kangaroos have a hard time believing the footage.
Take Matthew Dellavedova, for instance.
“I’ve never seen anyone punch a kangaroo,” the Bucks point guard and native Australian said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I’ve been in the car when we’ve hit a kangaroo before, and it’s not good for your car. They’re kind of like deer are over here.”
Only deer rarely attack cars. In Australia, kangaroos attack cars all the time, albeit unintentionally.
“When the sun’s setting, they’ll just be jumping across the road,” Dellavedova said. “They can get up and hit your windshield.”
DA wondered if the video, which has gone viral, was fake, especially since the man got the better of the exchange and wound up saving his pup.
“I’d say he’s pretty lucky if it’s a real video,” Dellavedova said. “Usually I think a kangaroo would probably come out on top. (They’re huge) and they’ll get back and they’ll double-kick you.”
In any event, Dellavedova is adjusting to life in Milwaukee quite well. The Saint Mary’s product went undrafted in 2013 but spent the first three years of his career in Cleveland. He helped the Cavs reach the NBA Finals in 2015 and helped them win a title in 2016.
Dellavedova signed a four-year, $38 million contract with the Bucks this past offseason.
“It’s been great so far,” he said. “It was a tough decision to leave Cleveland. You’ve (developed) a lot of close friendships and great bonds and obviously great memories winning the championship. But coming into a new group that’s young, hungry, working hard – it’s been exciting to be a part of so far.”
Milwaukee (10-9) is currently seventh in the Eastern Conference, four games behind Cleveland (14-5).
The Bucks, who have won four of five, host Portland (12-10) and Atlanta (10-12), respectively, on Wednesday and Friday. Tip-off for each game is at 8 p.m. ET.