Giannis Antetokounmpo is not sure when they called him the “Greek freak”.
Giannis Antetokounmpo joined the league as a young talent, but over the years became MVP and top 5 player in the league.
The incumbent MVP continued to speak ESPN Wisconsin in a radiothon with teammate Pat Connaughton about his nickname and when people started calling him the “Greek freak”.
“I don’t remember the first time I heard about it – it was probably my first year – but I really don’t know who figured it out,” he said. “I just went to the square one day and wanted a crazy dunk or a block and then everyone called me the Greek freak. So it stayed with me, I love it and it’s a cool nickname, Antetokounmpo said via ESPN.
Antetokounmpo admitted that his basketball nickname does not represent the way in which he perceives his “relaxed” personality outside the field.
“The most important thing is that you can’t get lost in it. There is a lot of pressure, there are a lot of things that will try to keep you from “come this way, do this”. For example this event with Nike or tomorrow you have to do this event with T-. Cellphone, cellphone, ” Antetokounmpo told Connaughton.
“There are so many things that you will have to do, but you just have to be able to reconcile your personal life with the life of Greek Freak. Giannis and the Greek freak are two different ones Guys, I hope that doesn’t sound arrogant – I don’t try to sound arrogant – but that’s how I try to think. I try to think when I’m with my family, I’m with my family. Sometimes when you are MVP, you are the leader of the team, you have to do a photo shoot and all that, you lose yourself and whenever I am with my family, I am myself. “