July 14 declared Giannis Antetokounmpo Day in Milwaukee County
It’s officially “Giannis Antetokounmpo Day” in Milwaukee County, with the Bucks superstar getting his own holiday.
The county executive Chris Abele shared a photo on Twitter on July 14th with the decree.
— Chris Abele (@ChrisAbeleMKE) July 14, 2019
“We’re known this Bucks team was special. Now the whole world knows it, too,” Abele tweeted the prior day announcing the proclamation. “Congratulations to Giannis Antetokounmpo and the entire organization.”
Antetokounmpo in 2019 led the Bucks to the franchise’s first conference finals berth since 2001. Winning the NBA’s MVP award for his effort, the “Greek Freak” and Milwaukee won 60 regular-season games during the 2018-19 season. They fell to the eventual-champs Toronto Raptors in six games in the conference finals.
“Giannis is an exceptional example of what Milwaukee and the Bucks stand for in terms of integrity and humility, indicating that he is more than just an excellent player,” the postage read. The Bucks drafted Antetokounmpo with the 15th overall pick in 2013.
The Bucks are looking to reload this offseason and get back in position to compete for an NBA championship. Now, the Raptors are without Kawhi Leonard after the two-time Finals MVP signed with the Los Angeles Clippers as a free agent. Other competitors like the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers have new additions next season, though; the Celtics lost Kyrie Irving to the Brooklyn Nets and Al Horford to Philly, but gained All-Star point guard Kemba Walker and Turkish center Enes Kanter. The Sixers, meanwhile, signed the 33-year-old Horford and replaced Jimmy Butler for Josh Richardson.
Milwaukee lost former Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon to the Indiana Pacers but re-signed Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton.
It’ll be steep competition come the fall, but Milwaukee County’s government appears confident that Giannis will do the Wisconsin area proud.