‘Bigger Than My Brother’s’: Giannis Antetokounmpo Reveals His Competitive Ambition Against Brother Kostas

Published 10/19/2021, 1:00 AM EDT
Jul 20, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) accepts the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award from NBA commissioner Adam Silver after game six of the 2021 NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks beat every odd to win the 2021 NBA Championships when nobody thought they would. Coming from 0-2 down, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co. owned Chris Paul and men to claim their first title in 50 years. 

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After winning the title, Giannis hit the road in his car and went straight to have his personalized Chick-fil-A. Then, he even showed up in AEW Dynamite Event to show off his champion self from the wrestling ring. But the mother of all celebration is still awaiting when the Bucks will get their ring. 

Does the Greek Freak have any extra expectations from the upcoming event?

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Giannis Antetokounmpo wants it better than his brother 

The 26-YO champion, upon winning his first title, had expressed in the on-court interview how much he needed a ring. Ever since Kostas Antetokounmpo had won his title in 2020, it was awkward for a much better player in Giannis to not have won it yet.

However, all of that changed on July 20th, 2021, when Giannis finally claimed a trophy along with the Finals MVP award. And yet, he was not equal with Kostas until he got that ring slid through one of his fingers.

Well, that day is right around the corner as the Bucks are scheduled to enjoy the ring ceremony on the opening night of the 2021-22 season. But before that, Giannis has some expectations as he recently revealed when he stated, “Let me get it very simple, I’m not competitive guys. I want my ring to be bigger than my brother’s. That’s what I said. When Kostas, my brother, showed me his ring, it was huge. It was like a Airpod case. So I said, at least, you guys should assure to give us a big ring, also.” 

If this isn’t competitiveness, then what is?

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The Greek Freak is all set for the upcoming season

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Although the Bucks completed their preseason with a poor 1-4 show, almost all of their games were pretty close. Plus, it was great to see eight Bucks players scoring in double figures and helping their team win 130-110 against OKC with Giannis adding just 8 points. This proved their depth.

As for Giannis, the man has transformed his jump shot from last year. He is now utilising more turnaround fadeaway jumpers, between the leg dribbles, and fluidity in his game. As a result, his shooting looked impressive in the preseason and this warmup is surely going to help him in the regular season.

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All in all, the Bucks are in safe hands and those hands now have fingers with a potentially huge ring. Will there be another ring this year? Help us know your opinion in the comments section below.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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