It’s a 13-hour flight from Toronto to Giannis Antetokounmpo’s hometown of Athens, Greece. But after the New Year’s Day game at Air Canada Centre, fans made the Milwaukee Bucks star feel right at home.
As part of Greek Heritage Night for the Toronto Raptors, and in partnership with the annual Greek Canadian Games, more than 700 fans stayed behind to meet Antetokounmpo after the Raptors beat the Bucks 131-127 in overtime.
The 23-year-old — who is nicknamed the Greek Freak — walked out of the tunnel to the group singing to him and waving Greece flags, and he shyly sang along.
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The fans brought a smile to Antetokounmpo’s face as he signed autographs and addressed the crowd in Greek in the otherwise-empty arena.
The Bucks star played 41 minutes in the matchup on Monday, tallying 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Milwaukee now has a 19-16 record and sit in third place in the central division.