Giannis Antetokounmpo returned home to Athens with the NBA trophy on Sunday, saying he was still “hungry for victory”.
“It’s an addicting feeling to be a champion and we want to experience it again,” Giannis, who was accompanied by his brother and Milwaukee Bucks teammate Thanasis, said in a short talk. press release at Athens airport.
Their triumph aroused the joy and pride of Greek fans, the media and political leaders.
Giannis said he was “happy to bring the cup home” and promised to bring the trophies back to the popular neighborhoods of Sepolia and Zografou, where he grew up.
Son of Nigerian immigrants who arrived in Greece in 1991, Giannis was born and raised in poverty in Sepolia, a poor suburb of Athens.
“All our life we have seen our parents working, they never stopped. We are also striving to become better and better, we are working hard to achieve that, ”he said looking at his brother.
“I don’t know what the ceiling is for me but I know that tomorrow I will return to the stadium, I will train to be the best I can be. “
Giannis Antetokounmpo became a father in 2020 and his partner Mariah Riddlesprigger is expecting their second child.
He said that if he wanted to “relive those incredible moments” of victory, he added that “the most moving moment of my life was when I became a father”.
“No title can replace this emotion and I am about to relive it in some time with the birth of my second child,” he said.
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