Giannis Antetokounmpo proudly represented Greece during the Euros, and he did not hesitate to proclaim his love for his country, his flag, his jersey. But during a recent interview, he also made a point of affirming his proximity with his Nigerian roots, and he revealed what annoyed him the most at this level.
Giannis Antetokounmpo will only be 28 at the end of the year, and yet he is already establishing himself as one of the best European players of all time. Indeed, while he has not necessarily entered his prime, the inside of the Bucks has already won all the most important titles in the NBA microcosm, both individually and collectively, with the exception of the 6th Man of the Year.
And when you see his talent, when you see the team that surrounds him, it’s hard to believe that he’s going to stop there, when no coach has yet found a way to stop or even limit it. If he manages to develop a real outside shot, he could still turn a corner, which is totally mind-blowing for a double MPV, a champion, a member of the league’s 75-year-old team.
Giannis reaffirms his Nigerian roots!
Especially since after a disappointing Euro in terms of results, but which allowed him to regain a real motivation and a desire to improve, he could well come back across the Atlantic with the desire to destroy everything. But before thinking about this new season, the Bucks superstar took to heart to engage with Malika Andrews, on ESPNwith a big update on his identity on the program:
I’ve heard my nickname so many times, I don’t pay attention anymore, but people don’t call me the ‘Nigerian Freak’, they only call me the ‘Greek Freak’. It’s time people understood that I am both. I am not only Greek, I am Nigerian. I know my parents were really upset when we started talking about the “Greek Freak”. But you can’t choose your nickname.
I was born and raised in Greece, I understand the culture, I speak the language, I know the great history of this country, but it is exactly the same for Nigerian culture. I’m not just one thing and people can’t tell me what I am. I want to tell people what I think and what I am. I am Greek and Nigerian, and I have the opportunity to let it be known.
On the occasion of the release of his biopic « Naija Odyssey » on Prime Video, Giannis Antetokounmpo wanted to clearly reaffirm his love for his Nigerian origins and the importance that this culture has in his life. Obviously, he would not be against the popularization of the nickname « Nigerian Freak », which would also be a good representation of his personality. Giannis doesn’t love his country, he loves his countries!
Giannis Antetokounmpo is considered by all specialists and all fans as a European player, but he would obviously not be against the consideration of his African origins. It was built around these two cultures, and it wants to be seen as such.