Thanasis Antetokounmpo has agreed to another contract as part of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team, which is the National Basketball Association championship team for 2021.
The news was broken by way of a celebratory Instagram post by his renowned brother, Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The text of the post reads: “Thanasis Antetokounmpo has agreed to a new two-year deal with the Milwaukee Bucks. The hype man is back! 🦌 #fearthedeer🦌🏀”
The brothers, who hail from Sepolia, Athens, won the coveted NBA championship recently, nabbing the trophy for the fist time since the 1970’s for their team, which was created by a Greek-American physician.
Thanasis, Giannis Antetokounmpo Parade Trophy Around Greece
The brothers took the trophy to the Parthenon in their victory tour of Greece last week. The Antetokounmpos climbed Athens’ most iconic landmark at the Acropolis to salute their Greek heritage with basketball’s most coveted trophy. The “Greek Freak” posted the images to Facebook, where he has been documenting him and his brother’s homecoming for his massive audience of fans.
The brothers, who both play for the Milwaukee Bucks, earned the trophy after helping their team win the NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns in July.
The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns 100-94 in game six of the NBA finals to win the 2021 NBA Championship on July 20, 2021 — the first NBA championship for the Bucks in decades.
The Greek Freak once again led the team to a great game to secure the first Championship of his career. Behind 50 points, 14 rebounds, and five blocks from their superstar forward, the Bucks held off the Phoenix Suns to win the franchise’s first championship since 1971 on their home court.
Giannis was awarded the MVP trophy for his incredible performance in the NBA Finals.
The Antetokounmpo brothers gave a 30-minute interview at the international airport in Athens upon their arrival back in their homeland in which they spoke about their NBA journey so far, and their dreams for the future.
“We’re going to take it everywhere, to Sepolia, Zografou, to all the places we grew up in,” Giannis said, proudly referring to the trophy they brought with them.
The two brothers did not just bring Giannis’ MVP trophy but also the NBA Championship Larry O’Bryant trophy, which left the shores of the US to land on the European continent for the first time in history.
“We aren’t going to stop. Our parents didn’t stop working. They worked constantly to feed us and to raise us. We got this from them. We will never stop working, just like our parents,” Giannis said at the time.
What makes the two brothers so popular and so lovable in America as well as in Greece is not just that they have managed to become some of the most successful basketball players in American history, it’s their humble and approachable attitudes.
The NBA superstar added that all that matters to him is to be able to do his job and see his family.
”I want to do my job, see my family; I don’t care about being the face of the NBA, I want to be Giannis who goes to the court and works,” he said in a moment of pure humility.