Antetokounmpo, born in Greece to Nigerian immigrants, h…

Antetokounmpo, born in Greece to Nigerian immigrants, has been the driving force of a Milwaukee Bucks team that holds the league’s best record and has confounded critics. As part of a steady streak since first joining the Bucks in 2013, Antetokounmpo has set several records, boosting the franchise’s hopes of a first NBA championship since 1971. But while he’s a household name in American sports circles, it’s not exactly the same in Nigeria and one obvious reason is Antetokounmpo’s name. “Most people here can’t relate very easily firstly because of the way his name his spelled,” says Femi Adefeso, a Nigerian-based NBA reporter who covered the 2017 and 2018 All-Star weekends.
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