A massive mural of Greek NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo was recently unveiled in Milwaukee, home to the Bucks, Antetokounmpo’s team.
The mural, which depicts the two-time NBA MVP in his iconic Bucks jersey, stretches across the side of a three-story building located at 600 E. Wisconsin Avenue in the city.
Artist Mauricio Ramirez worked on the stunning mural for over 100 hours until he perfected the impressive artwork.
The artwork was commissioned as part of an attempt by the Bucks to contribute to a growing trend for public art in the city.
Mural of Antetokounmpo took over 100 hours to complete
“This collaboration is a nod to one of the greatest basketball players in the game and what he has done and continues to do for our city,” artist Ramirez wrote on social media.
Antetokounmpo has become not only one of the most beloved figures in Milwaukee but in all of basketball, as the athlete’s friendly, positive attitude and his inspiring journey to success have made him an icon.
Giannis Antetokounmpo on the mural of him:
“Playing basketball, you never expect things like that to happen. Once you dedicate yourself to your team and to the city, people feel that. They appreciate it and things like that happen.”
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— Scott Grodsky (@ScottGrodsky) May 10, 2022
Antetokounmpo, also known as the “Greek Freak,” is an essential and active member of his community in Milwaukee. He regularly donates money and food and volunteers to help the homeless community in the city.
Giannis Antetokounmpo overcame hardship to reach NBA
His parents, as illegal immigrants, could not easily find work, so Antetokounmpo and his older brother, Thanasis, helped by hawking watches, handbags, and sunglasses in the streets.
In 2007, Antetokounmpo started playing basketball, and in 2011, he joined his local team Filathlitikos. After a brief stint in Spain, he was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks.
In 2013, Antetokounmpo stood between his parents on the court inside Bradley Center and gazed up at the ceiling, where the retired jerseys for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson hung in the rafters.
“Maybe in 15 years, 20 years,” the young man said, “maybe my name is up there next to Kareem, Oscar Robertson. I hope I’m there.”
The Greek star’s life story has been made into a film that will soon be released by Disney.
Disney+ released the trailer for the upcoming movie about Giannis Antetokounmpo and his family, called Rise on Tuesday.
A movie based on the real-life story of the Antetokounmpo brothers is coming to @DisneyPlus.
— Boardroom (@boardroom) May 10, 2022
The company also said the movie will be available to watch on Disney+ starting June 24th.
It is an inspiring story about how a family launched the career of three NBA champions, Giannis, Thanasis, and Kostas. Giannis and Thanasis both play for the Milwaukee Bucks and are 2021 world champions, and their brother, Kostas, won the title in 2020 with the Los Angeles Lakers.