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Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo shares emotional moment with brother Thanasis


Basketball is temporary. Family is forever.

After forward Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 50 points — including 20 in the third quarter — to lead the Bucks to its first championship in 50 years, the 2021 NBA Finals MVP had a special moment with his brother, Thanasis.

The brothers are both on the Bucks, but Thanasis did not play in Games 5 and 6 after being placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

“I am a f—king champion,” Giannis said. “Nobody can say s—t to me!”

“No, no, no, no, no, no, no,” Thanasis responded. “You are not. No you are not. I am not opening the door.”

Thanasis, 29, then pumped his fist as his little brother celebrated, watching from afar with a tear in his eye.

The Greek Freak proved the haters wrong with a dominant championship performance, becoming the first player in NBA Finals history to average 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists on 60% shooting. Most notably, his 50 points, 14 rebounds and 17-of-19 night from the line on Tuesday at Fiserv Forum helped the Bucks avoid a trip back to Arizona for Game 7. Giannis is the seventh player with a 50-point outing in the Finals.

Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo both play for the Bucks.
AP

On Instagram Live with over 250,000 fans watching following the Bucks’ 105-98 Game 6 victory, they rapped “For the Night” by Pop Smoke featuring fellow Lil Baby and DaBaby, joked over the 26-year-old Giannis smoking a cigar and talked about meeting up at Thanasis’ hotel.

“I love you, I am coming to the hotel,” Giannis said. “I am coming. I don’t care. I am coming.”

The Antetokounmpos’ younger brother, Kostas, won the NBA Finals with the Lakers last season. The trio became the first three brothers to all win NBA titles.



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