7 Days After Damian Lillard’s Warm Welcome, Giannis Antetokounmpo Brings Fans Back to Streets of Milwaukee in Support of Family Venture

Published 10/08/2023, 2:30 AM EDT

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Giannis Antetokounmpo was a whirlwind that took the Bucks without warning. The Greek Freak dominated the court the moment he stepped foot inside. But that’s not what makes him special. Giannis loves Milwaukee and Milwaukee loves him back. Nigerian by descent and Greek by settlement, it was his choice to embrace Milwaukee. Not just as a sport or team, but for the love of the community.

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That is also the reason Milwaukee warmly welcomed Damian Lillard. The fans patiently waited for over three hours for a glimpse of the Bucks’ newest addition. The rally organized in his honour surely shows Lillard just how much Milwaukee cares about the Bucks.

Milwaukee sees yet another Giannis Effect for the launch of their family venture

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The Antetokounmpo brothers opened their first retail store in Milwaukee at the Trade Hotel yesterday. The opening witnessed fans in droves. AntetokounBros Shop was received with the same love and support Milwaukee has for Giannis.  

He posted a thank you note on his Instagram page, “Thank you for all the love and support Milwaukee“.

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All four brothers are partners in their latest venture. There is no doubt that this initiative will see just as much success as their careers.

Milwaukee’s love and support for Giannis Antetokounmpo isn’t just luck

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Milwaukee has adopted Giannis as its own. A friend, son, hero, skilled player – he is each of these to everyone in the Deer City. But this did not happen overnight. The Giannis effect began when he signed with the Bucks on a five-year contract extension in 2020. The credibility it gave to Wisconsin is beyond anything words can convey.

He may be an elite athlete that many in Milwaukee will never even get to see in their lifetime. Yet, the effort Giannis takes to spend time with the local community is just one example of his dedication. Of course, the interest he takes in the betterment of the community has impacted the economic side greatly. The $50 million pumped into the city in the championship year of 2021 is one instance.

Pat Connaughton, said in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “People are watching Bucks games – they care about the Bucks winning; they don’t care about their social views, their political views or economic background. They care about the Milwaukee Bucks winning and coming together and rooting for their team.”

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This was at a time when no one could agree on anything. It’s clear that Giannis’s arrival at the Bucks couldn’t have happened at a better time. And the preseason can definitely use the Giannis Effect as well.

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Geisha Pulimoottil Don

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Geisha is an NBA content writer at EssentiallySports. Having years of experience as a content writer, she focuses on providing in-depth coverage of the basketball entities. The increased use of technology in studying the game and its intricacies intrigues her.
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