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The “Greek Freak”: Greece is a part of me

Giannis Antetokounmpo always has Greece in his heart

Giannis Antetokounmpo (aka: The Greek Freak) never misses an opportunity to praise Greece and how much a part of his journey to success he considers it. Here are some excerpts from his interview to uproxx.com:

It recently came to light that there is a mural of you illustrated on a court that you grew up playing on in Greece. What kind of an honor was that for you and is it ever hard to have the expectations that come with a whole country pulling for you?
It was a huge honor that I’m amazed and humbled by. Greece is a huge part of who I am and it means a lot to have my country behind me. I’m always blown away by the support I get both in the U.S. and back home. I try to connect with my fans whenever I get the chance because their loyalty means so much to me.
What runs through your mind when you see and hear fans erupt with joy when they see and meet you for the first time?
Joy, shock, amazement, all of the above really. Meeting my fans is an awesome feeling that never gets old. I loved working with Mountain Dew. It was an awesome experience getting to connect with Bucks fans in such a personal way through a lighthearted prank. During the shoot, it was cool to see how excited the fans were after I surprised them and shows why Bucks fans are the best fans in the NBA.
Is it surreal, at age 22, that you would have a full-blown campaign like this one with Mountain Dew centered around you?
It was perfect because it matches my personality and is just as much about the fans as it is me. I also love a good prank as my teammates can tell you. Everything Mountain Dew does starts with the fans in mind, which is what makes them such a great partner. It’s surreal being part of Team DEW and such an accomplished roster of NBA stars. Every day I just try to be the best player and person that I can be on-and-off the court – hopefully my fans get to know the real me along the way.

full interview at: uproxx.com

  • Renns

    big hypocrits… in Athens a Greek girl would not even go out or have a black boyfriend because of the society reactions and because this country is so old minded.. and now you all adore this guy only because he represents Greece ? when it is a basketball or football player you like them..otherwise you dont even consider black colored peoples.. big hypocrits..sorry

    • themanews

      You don’t like Greek people, do you… 😀

      • Renns

        i live with Greeks since 15 years. i dont like some mentalities..the peoples are peoples like everywhere..not better, not worst..i know its hard to hear the truth..Again, please give your arguments.. show me that i am wrong in what i just said and ok

        • themanews

          People are happy for Giannis and his fairytale turn in his life. Everybody -including Giannis- know that he isn’t Greek by lineage, but the fact that he feels Greek and the fact that he loves Greece so much more than other “Greeks”, is something that we can not overlook. So, we love the dude! We are a sentimental and emotional nation, as I am sure you know…
          You say that we “don’t even consider black colored peoples” and that we are “big hypocrits”. If half of this was true, then we wouldn’t had reacted with the compassion that we did in the ongoing refugee crisis. And if you live in Greece as you say, then you know that we had hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants coming to Greece way before this latest wave of refugees. We are talking about almost 25 years now and around 1.000.000 people in a 10.000.000 people country. That’s 10% of the country’s population that we have received in 25 years, a percentage you will not find in any other country of the western world! And many of them were not exactly the nicest of people either…
          So if we were racists as you imply, then -trust me- things would have been much different, much worse…
          We are certainly not perfect. But then again, nobody is…

          • Renns

            i did not said you were racist,,this is your own comments.. for the refugees you did not had the choice and it is not related.
            you love the dude since he is famous yes or no ? before you did not even noticed him.
            Again, in Athens a Greek girl would not even go out or have a black boyfriend because of the society reactions and because of her parents reaction.. yes or no ? there is no mix couples in Greece..compare to France, UK , even Spain..
            So when a guy is famous and he represents Greece you adore him..ok fair enough ..but so don’t you think that there is a double face here ?

          • themanews

            You didn’t say it but this is what comes out of what you say.
            Regarding the refugees, a racist society would have reacted very differently and -trust me- violently… So, yes, it is relevant!
            Regarding Giannis, we identify with him and we are happy for his success. We are not miserable people. He had a hard life and now he is harvesting the fruits of his efforts.
            Yes, maybe we don’t have many mixed marriages, but then again we don’t have that many foreigners integrated in the Greek society as it happens with countries that had colonies… The structure of our society is totally different from France or the UK, as we have never being multicultural in the way these countries are. We never had colonies in our modern history. A huge issue to analyze here, of course…

          • Renns

            good to exchange opinions… i am still not convinced but ok, we don’t have to agree to understand eachother.