HoopsHype Giannis Antetokounmpo rumors

March 17, 2014 Updates

Yes, Giannis sold his PlayStation 4 to Bucks assistant coach Nick Van Exel for the retail price and waited the three months until, finally, his family arrived in the United States to indulge himself in a console again. There are reasons Giannis sets aside most of his $1.7 million rookie salary and tries to live on the $190 daily per diem – including the per diems his veteran teammates sympathetically pass his way. There are reasons those teammates furnished his apartment with hand-me-down furniture. Yes, there are reasons why Giannis, together with his 21-year-old brother, Thanasis, who plays for Delaware in the NBA Development League, sat paralyzed early this season in an upscale Philadelphia restaurant staring at the menus. Yahoo! Sports

To understand the reluctance of indulging into lives transformed, into the possibilities of excess when so recently there had been nothing, rewind to the years of the two older brothers – through a mother's illness, through a father fighting for steady work – refusing to come back home to a tiny abode near the Acropolis until they could bring groceries, bring back the dollars and coins to pay the power bill. "We would be out on the street together, selling a toy, a watch, something, and we raise $10," Thanasis says. "And that is good, because we didn't starve today. We're going to go home. We're going to have something to eat. And it is a good day." Yahoo! Sports

March 7, 2014 Updates

On Saturday, Nov 23, it was cold in Milwaukee (below 20 degrees in the afternoon). I was shopping in the Brady Street area (the east side of Milwaukee, a few minutes away from the BMO Harris Bradley Center) with my boyfriend of 35 years. We saw a tall black guy running by and he looked familiar. I drove by him again four blocks away and realized it was Giannis. I stopped the car, rolled down the window and asked if he wanted a ride. "Are you going to the Bradley Center?" he asked and I said yes. He was wearing only a windbreaker. Brew Hoop

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Regarding the Greek National Team of men, do you really want to play with them in an international tournament? I am asking this because you have a huge sensitivity to the fact that you were born in Greece. You are carrying the Greek flag and you are constantly repeating your desire to play with the National Team… “I wanna surely join with the National Team of men in a big event like the World Championship , but I do not want to miss the European Championship Under 20, which will take place this summer in Crete.” SheridanHoops

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Bucks rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo has been selected to play in the Rising Stars Challenge game on the NBA's all-star weekend in New Orleans. The 19-year-old Antetokounmpo was among the rookie selections announced Wednesday afternoon. Bucks power forward John Henson was not selected for a spot among the sophomores. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

January 25, 2014 Updates

Fellow Bucks rookie Nate Wolters, perhaps Antetokounmpo’s closest friend on the team, said he’s marveled at how Giannis has adapted to his new team and new country. “For being 19 and basically being on his own — he doesn’t have any family here — it’s got to be a tough situation for him,” Wolters said. “I’m sure he misses his family, but who wouldn’t? But he’s done a very good job of adjusting; he’s handled it very well. He has a really positive attitude. That’s what stands out about him more than anything. He’s been through a lot already just coming over here to the United States. “I think he knows this is his dream come true, to play in the NBA, and he’s really taking advantage of it.” Racine Journal-Times

January 14, 2014 Updates

Thanasis, who is 21 and will be 22 this July, is expected, according to his brother to enter the NBA draft this year. Currently he is playing in the NBA Development League with the Deleware 87’s who selected him ninth overall in the D-League draft this season. Toronto Sun

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