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Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Talks About ‘Greek Freak’ Nickname



Giannis Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has long been referred to as the ‘Greek Freak’ and while it has been one of the most popular nicknames, the MVP admits that he has had some reservations about the moniker.

“I’ve heard it so many times,” Giannis said, during an interview with ESPN’s Malika Andrews. “It doesn’t bother me, but, people don’t call me the ‘Nigerian Freak’, they all call me the ‘Greek Freak’. This is a time for you to understand that I’m both. I’m not just Greek, I’m Nigerian. “

“You cannot choose the nickname that people give to you” Giannis continued. “But, what I can tell people is that I was born and raised in Greece. I understand the Greek culture, I speak the language, I know the history. But, at the end of the day, I know exactly the same things of the Nigerian culture. I’m not just one thing. You cannot tell me what I am.”

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.