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Giannis Antetokounmpo hilariously roasts himself over his shooting ability

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo is now an NBA champion and Finals MVP, but he still is not taking himself too seriously.

The Bucks tweeted a video on Tuesday of Antetokounmpo having a funny conversation with the social media staffers. In the video, Antetokounmpo hilariously roasted himself over his shooting ability.

“Yоu guys pоst my dunks, my threes,” Antetokounmpo told the staffers. “When I make a three, make it lооk gооd. Post it frоm diffеrent anglеs, you know what I’m saying? Like post it from this angle, from this angle, sо it lооks like I madе four of thеm. Sо peоple can think I can shооt nоw.”

Antetokounmpo’s shooting ability is really the only weakness in his entire game. He shot 30.3 percent from deep last season and is only a 28.7 percent career three-point shooter. Opponents are more than willing to seal off the paint and sag off Antetokounmpo in the hopes that he launches a jumper.

But Antetokounmpo is quietly becoming a very effective midrange jump shooter, especially out of post-up situations as we saw in this year’s Finals against Phoenix. He has remained humble through it all though and still does not mind poking fun at himself every now and then.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has hilarious strategy for going unrecognized

Giannis Antetokounmpo

As a 6-foot-11 NBA champion and local rock star, Giannis Antetokounmpo does not exactly get a lot of privacy these days. Fortunately for him, he has found a funny strategy for going unnoticed that seems to work wonders.

The Milwaukee Bucks star revealed this week that he likes to go grocery shopping late at night to avoid being seen. Antetokounmpo also tweeted a hilarious selfie with the caption, “Nobody recognises me!!”

The strategy was not quite foolproof though. A fan tracked down Antetokounmpo at the store, and the two posed for a quick selfie.

Antetokounmpo might be the most famous person in the entire state of Wisconsin right now, especially after delivering the Bucks their first title since 1971. He does seem to enjoy the fanfare at times. But Antetokounmpo still has to buy his milk and paper towels every week just like the rest of us.

Giannis Antetokounmpo says he is not best player in NBA

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the NBA MVP in 2020 for the second time and topped that with an NBA title and Finals MVP Award in 2021.

Despite his ascension, the modest Antetokounmpo still doesn’t believe he’s the best player in basketball. In fact, the five-time All-Star doesn’t even believe he’s in the top five or six.

Antetokounmpo credits LeBron James for being not only the best player in the NBA, but in the world. There’s a solid list after that and then, Antetokounmpo says, he might fit in with the tier 2 guys.

“I like being a hunter. I am not the best player in the world. I am telling you, I am not! KD, LeBron, Kawhi, Luka, Curry, AD might be. I am not. I am still hunting the All-Time greats. LeBron is still the best player in the world,” Antetokounmpo said on Friday, via Harris Stavrou of SPORT24.

James has long been considered the league’s best player but there’s an argument to be made that’s no longer the case.

Antetokounmpo or Luka Doncic are the future of the NBA and in due time — perhaps even this upcoming season — they will become the face of the “best player” debate.

Giannis Antetokounmpo explains why he trains differently from other stars

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Fresh off winning an NBA title, Giannis Antetokounmpo is offering a glimpse into his mentality that might make Michael Jordan smile.

The Milwaukee Bucks star spoke this week on Greek station COSMOTE TV and kept it real about why he does not train with other NBA stars.

“I can’t be fake. I am Giannis,” Antetokounmpo said. “That’s why I don’t train with other players. I don’t want to be buddy with them. If we do this and then drink a coffee with them, can I go in the court and use my elbow against them? Can I block or dunk on them? I can’t cause I am authentic.

“If I love someone, I love him also on the court,” the reigning Finals MVP added. “I’m fully aware of that and don’t want to put myself in this position.”

It is common practice these days for top stars like LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Kawhi Leonard to train with rivals from other teams during the summer. In fact, one might even see three or four of them training together at the same time. The practice has drawn a lot of criticism from retired NBA players, who see today’s generation as too “buddy buddy.”

As for Antetokounmpo, he has always stayed true to himself no matter how great a player he has become. Training as a lone wolf is part of that for him.

Giannis Antetokounmpo took up new sport this offseason

Giannis Antetokounmpo

After successfully reaching the mountaintop in basketball, Giannis Antetokounmpo sounds ready to conquer a different sport next.

The Milwaukee Bucks star and reigning Finals MVP tweeted on Tuesday that he had taken up a new sport for the first time — paddle tennis.

Paddle tennis is similar to regular tennis but has some slight differences, including a smaller court and a lower net. Antetokounmpo added that he was thinking about installing a paddle tennis court in his backyard.

The new sport could help Antetokounmpo with his agility and his reaction time as he looks to defend Milwaukee’s NBA title next season. We also know for a fact that the 26-year-old is an enthusiast of many different sports.

Drake reveals surprising inspiration for Giannis Antetokounmpo line on new album

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Drake’s new album “Certified Lover Boy” is full of incredible moments, and his shoutout to one basketball superstar is definitely among them. But the inspiration behind the shoutout may surprise you.

The Canadian rapper showed some love to Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks on his song “7am on Bridle Path.” A line on the first verse of the track went, “Could at least keep it a buck like Antetokounmpo. I made north of the border like Vito Rizzuto.”

The shoutout led many to recall a tweet that went viral after Antetokounmpo and the Bucks won the NBA championship in July. The tweet read, “Drake working Antetokounmpo into a line is gonna be tricky but he’ll figure out something.” After ESPN reposted the tweet on Instagram this week, Drake himself replied by saying, “Only did it cause of this tweet.”

Drake is a superfan of the rival Toronto Raptors and has even served as their “global ambassador” since 2013. But he is still close with several top NBA stars regardless of their team. The reigning Finals MVP Antetokounmpo is not even the only one who is featured on Drake’s new album.

Bucks planning to sign Giannis Antetokounmpo’s youngest brother too?

Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Antetokounmpo family may be close to pulling off what LaVar Ball couldn’t — getting three brothers on the same NBA team.

The Milwaukee Bucks’ official Instagram page posted a series of pictures of their players shooting around in the gym Thursday. Included in the post was Alex Antetokounmpo, the youngest brother of reigning Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bucks even tagged Alex, who was wearing Milwaukee gear in the post. That prompted speculation that the Bucks could be on the verge of signing Alex.

The 20-year-old Alex, a 6-foot-8 forward, played professionally in Spain last season. He was not picked in this year’s NBA Draft but proceeded to join the Sacramento Kings for Summer League. Alex was repping the Kings on social media as recently as a week ago.

In addition to middle brother Giannis, the Bucks already have second-oldest Antetokounmpo brother Thanasis, who returned to the team on a two-year contract this summer. Both players won the 2021 NBA title with Milwaukee. Kostas Antetokounmpo, the second-youngest brother, also won an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020 but now plays in France. Meanwhile, eldest Antetokounmpo brother Francis is the only one of them who is not a professional basketball player. He has played soccer professionally though.

NBA teams can carry up to 20 players on their roster through training camp as well as the preseason. The Bucks in particular still have one open two-way contract spot. Signing Alex would bring them one step closer to fulfilling Giannis’ well-known dream of playing with all of his brothers.

Giannis Antetokounmpo hilariously roasted by girlfriend in Instagram comment

Giannis Antetokounmpo girlfriend Mariah Riddlesprigger

Giannis Antetokounmpo was hilariously roasted by his girlfriend Mariah Riddlesprigger in a comment on a photo he shared on Instagram Sunday.

Giannis posted a photo of himself cheesing big time while chilling on the couch. The photo had major “championship vibes” following Antetokounmpo winning his first NBA championship. Fans loved seeing him so happy and seemingly carefree.

“What’s up people?!” Antetokounmpo wrote as his caption, with two laughing emojis.

Well, the fun didn’t last long. Mariah killed the vibe with a hilarious comment. She wrote back and said “our son!” to Giannis, telling him it was time to change the diaper.

“Our son! It’s your turn to change his diaper,” she wrote.

Giannis then wrote back to her, telling her to get off of his Instagram page.

That was a funny exchange.

The two have produced some other viral moments, such as when Riddlesprigger shared she was a fan of a different NBA team.

Giannis and Mariah’s son Liam was born in Feb. 2020. They have another child on the way.

Giannis Antetokounmpo to become part-owner of Brewers

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo helped bring a championship to Milwaukee when he led the Bucks to an NBA title this year, and the two-time NBA MVP is now invested in another one of the city’s pro teams doing the same.

Antetokounmpo is in the process of purchasing an ownership stake in the Brewers, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports.

As Passan noted, Giannis joining the Brewers’ ownership group is similar to when Patrick Mahomes became a part-owner of the Kansas City Royals last year.

Antetokounmpo has been loyal to Milwaukee and took pride in winning a title with the Bucks. He said immediately after the NBA Finals that he is proud of the fact that he won with the team that drafted him and did not leave to join a super-team.

The day after the Bucks won the title, Giannis made an impromptu visit to the Chick-fil-A drive-thru and even let a fan touch the Larry O’Brien trophy. To say that he is a legend in Milwaukee would be an understatement, which is why the Brewers are likely thrilled to have him on board.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had cool reaction to message from hero Thierry Henry

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s summer to remember continues.

The Milwaukee Bucks star received a great surprise this week when the team recruited Thierry Henry to give him a congratulatory message. The French soccer legend was Antetokounmpo’s childhood hero growing up.

Check out Henry’s message as well as Antetokounmpo’s awesome reaction:

“I wanted to be him growing up, when I was younger because my dad was playing soccer,” said Antetokounmpo. “I wanted to be him so so bad. But I fell in love with basketball. But this message meant a lot to me, from him.

“Man, a message like this, coming from a legend?” he added. “That’s big, that’s big-time. Thierry, thank you so much if you’re watching this video. Thank you.”

The reigning Finals MVP Antetokounmpo has said before that soccer was his first love growing up. He even showed off his soccer skills in the middle of a playoff game this past season.

Henry’s message is just the latest in a summer of cool viral moments for Antetokounmpo after winning his first NBA championship with the Bucks.