Giannis, Thanasis and Kostas Antetokounmpo are now the first trio of brothers to become NBA champions in league history. Giannis, 26, and Thanasis, 29, helped theTuesday, receiving their first rings and joining their brother Kostas, 23, who won a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers last season.
When asked what it meant to be a champion alongside his two brothers, Giannis responded with a “Woooo!”
“I’m just happy – a lot of people were making jokes when Kostas won his championship with the Lakers before me and the dinner table was a bit awkward because he had the ring before me. But now me and Thanasis have a ring, “Giannis said in a post-game interview.
On Tuesday night, the two-time MVP scored 50 points while racking up 14 rebounds and five blocks to help defeat the Suns in Game 6. His performance helped the Bucks win their first championship in 50 years, the last in 1971.
Affectionately known as the “Greek Freak,” Giannis and his brothers grew up in poverty in Athens, Greece. Her parents left Nigeria for Greece and relied on the children to sell goods on the streets to raise money for the family.
“We didn’t have a lot of money. But we had a lot of happiness. So we weren’t broke in terms of happiness,” said Giannis. ““in 2018.” When we were struggling back then, we were all together in one room, the same room. We were having fun. We were smiling. There were difficult times. “
His father, Charles, encouraged his sons to play basketball in the neighborhood courts, where they honed their skills until they were good enough to play professionally in Greece. When asked what they used for basketball shoes, Thanasis said, “I remember one game we played with the same pair – one game.”
It was in a small Greek gymnasium where someone posted a video of 18-year-old Giannis playing. The clip saw Giannis become the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and kicked off the brothers’ fairytale journey to NBA superstar.
“There was a job that needed to be completed,” Giannis said after the Bucks win on Tuesday night. “This is my city. They trust me. They believe in me. They believe in us.”
Justin Carissimo contributed reporting.