Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo surprises fans on the streets of Greece with championship trophy
Giannis Antetokounmpo has not shied away from the public spotlight whatsoever since he led the Milwaukee Bucks to the 2021 NBA championship, and that continued Wednesday as he walked the streets of Greece to surprise unexpecting passerby. From his memorable run to Chick-Fil-A, to rapping with friends on Instagram Live following his 50-point opus in Game 6 of the Finals, this is simply another reason why Giannis is so beloved by fans all across the league and the world at large. He posted the video of himself in Greece on Wednesday:
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As Giannis approaches a group of kids and adults, it’s incredible how quickly all of their jaws literally drop from their mouths in disbelief. And, though the interaction is still a little awkward because of how starstruck everyone is, it’s wholesome to see that Antetokounmpo still maintains the childlike excitement of being a celebrity who can make ordinary people’s days a whole lot better.
It’s been a long time coming for Giannis, as he grew up in poverty in Greece, often going without eating breakfast or other meals, according to an interview with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
“Sometimes I would go to school, no breakfast. Sometimes, not every time. I would come back, sometimes no food. Now I have to go to practice. I would come back from practice at 11 pm and that is when I would have my first meal of the day.”
In addition to their poverty, the Greek Freak also faced xenophobia from locals, as his parents were immigrants from Nigeria, meaning that the Antetokounmpo’s couldn’t gain citizenship for almost all of Giannis’ upbringing.
Despite his humble origins, and possibly even because of them, Giannis has never let his ego get to him in the public eye. It’s amazing to see one of the faces of the NBA be so proud of who he is, but still remain down to earth at all times.