Milwaukee Bucks’ MVP candidate and new dad Giannis Antetokounmpo had his number one fan in virtual attendance for his team’s matchup with the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday afternoon: his son, Liam.
Liam Charles Antetokounmpo, who was born in February, occupied a box on the virtual fan screen while being held by his mother, Mariah Riddlesprigger.
Liam seemed excited by his dad’s play, but if we’re being honest, he could have done more to overtly support Pops with his fashion choice. The young Antetokounmpo opted for the Michael Jordan onesie, rather than a Bucks jersey.
Liam, @Giannis_An34's son, was spotted in the stands as a virtual fan ❤️ pic.twitter.com/d2rcBVU2Iu
— ESPN (@espn) August 4, 2020
The Bucks superstar, of course, is a fan of Jordan, and shared his main takeaway from “The Last Dance” docuseries: “chasing greatness is a life mission.”
My MJ takeaway from the Last Dance documentary is that chasing greatness is a life mission.
— Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) May 1, 2020
Unfortunately for Bulls fans, Giannis’ offspring rocking the MJ outfit may be as close as the MVP comes to wearing a Bulls jersey anytime soon. Not to mention, at least right now, all his time is focused on the Bucks.
The virtual fans feature—which European soccer broadcasts have employed during the pandemic, too—remains somewhat strange to look at, but it must be cool for the players to see their family members on the screen, like Deuce Tatum.
Retired NBA players like Paul Pierce and Chris Bosh have popped up to support their former teams, along with some recognizable super fans and a select group of season-ticket holders.
Liam didn’t exactly pick his father’s best game to virtually attend. Milwaukee (who opened as 19-point favorites) limited its starters minutes and consequently struggled with a depleted Nets squad, falling 119-116.
Giannis played just 16 minutes for the Bucks —all in the first half— and finished with 16 points (7-8 FG), one his lowest scoring outputs of the season.
Liam will have his next chance to watch his dad on Thursday, when the Bucks (54-14) face the Miami Heat (42-25).