10K80 by Ariel Pacheco November 4, 2020
Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brothers support each other through everything. They do not sour at one another’s success, or grow salty when they feel like the other’s good fortune should have been theirs.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, the back-to-back MVP of the NBA, watched his younger brother Kostas Antetokounmpo become an NBA champion this past October with the Lakers.
Giannis, one of the top players in the league, surely felt it was his time for a championship this year, as his Milwaukee Bucks were favorites to come out of the Eastern Conference. But it was Giannis brother Kostas who held up the trophy at the end, and Giannis, along with the rest of the brothers, supported him loudly and unabashedly.
While Kostas only played in five games all season, he still was awarded a ring. Giannis has been all over social media showing love and giving praise to his brother after winning the one thing Giannis has not been able to accomplish up until this point.
It is easy to imagine a situation where Giannis would be a little hurt while watching his brother, who barely played, win a ring. Giannis also lost while being a heavy favorite to win a championship this season. He obviously has all the individual success, but Kostas has the one thing that Giannis needs to solidify his legacy.
The Antetokounmpo family is one of the closest in the NBA. There are five brothers. Four of whom play basketball and three of whom are in the NBA.
They deeply support and love one another, and promote positivity every chance they get. They spend a bunch of time together and it is easy to see the genuine love they have for one another.
The oldest Antetokounmpo brother, Thanasis, is also a teammate of Giannis. There’s no question that Giannis’ influence over the Bucks is at least a part of the reason why Thanasis is on the roster. He had been out of the NBA for three seasons before joining the Bucks.
Alex Antetokounmpo is currently playing overseas in Europe. He is the youngest Antetokounmpo brother. He will be eligible to play in the NBA by entering the 2021 draft. Giannis has often said that he believes that Alex could be better than he is. Just another example of how Giannis and his brothers inspire each other and us.
Disney is planning on making a movie titled “Greek Freak” based on Giannis’ life and his unlikely path to the NBA. The movie will also feature his upbringing with his brothers.
The Antetokounmpo family is one that, win or lose, will always spread positivity and love. They come from humble beginnings and just want to see one another succeed. The family dynamic is one that we can all look at and appreciate.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is a two-time MVP and Defensive Player of the Year, but he has not had the kind of playoff success he’s wanted to. The kind of playoff success that separates the great players in the NBA history books, from the legends.
Still, he goes to bat for his brothers and knows it’s bigger than basketball. He inspires us to be supportive, while still staying focused.
We expect the Antetokounmpo brothers to support each other and make noise in the NBA for years to come.