Giannis Antetokounmpo Reveals Interesting Joe Biden Fact After White House Visit

Published 11/11/2021, 1:03 PM EST
Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) of the Milwaukee Bucks wears street clothes before the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Monday, March 9, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


Recently, the Milwaukee Bucks squad visited the White House. In a celebratory gesture for their historic title win, President Joe Biden invited the team over. Led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, the entire setup excitedly visited the wonderful spot of importance. Unfortunately, key Bucks player Khris Middleton couldn’t travel with the team. Yet, Giannis ensured that he made Middleton’s day with a lovely gesture.

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Last year, the Bucks stormed to a phenomenal victory. Guided by the Greek freak himself, the men in green ended their drought of half a century. It was the side’s first title since the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar era. Although Giannis was the primary protagonist, he was aided by Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday. Middleton in particular, the 30-year-old rose to the occasion when his Greek compatriot was missing in action. Thus, he would’ve been extremely heartbroken that he missed the visit to the White House.

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Jul 20, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) celebrate after winning game six of the 2021 NBA Finals and the championship against the Phoenix Suns at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Giannis Antetokounmpo reveals Joe Biden’s kind-hearted gesture

The President, no matter who it is, generally acknowledge major sporting achievements with an invitation to the White House. However, this was the first time that a team followed this tradition since 2016. The Bucks dressed up stylishly for their visit, and had a good time with Mr. Biden. In fact, Giannis had even posted a video of him practicing his greeting before the meet. When he arrived there, Giannis said that it was an ‘amazing gift’.

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Middleton, who missed the visit due to a personal illness, received a wonderful message from the President. As revealed by the 26-year-old himself, Biden personally spoke to his teammate. “When I called, it rang like 20 times so when he picked up… I could see it in his [Middleton’s] face, he was like ‘what?’ Then the President wanted to talk to him and he was happy,” recalled Antetokounmpo.

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As seen in the images, it was a splendid meet between the President Joe Biden and the Milwaukee Bucks. It was great to see the tradition returning, for the first time post the Donald Trump reign. What did you think of the meet? Can the Bucks replicate their success, and earn themselves another visit next year?

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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