Giannis Antetokounmpo Gives a Sneak Peak of His Upcoming Collaboration With Popstar Drake

Published 10/05/2021, 12:49 PM EDT
Jul 11, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts during game three of the 2021 NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


NBA and Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo gave his Instagram followers a sneak peek into his new merchandise. His new merchandise was openly on display in his Instagram stories for fans. Giannis seems to love his new line of merchandise following a successful season with the Milwaukee Bucks. NBA teams are currently training and engaging in media day duties in anticipation of the upcoming 2021-22 NBA season.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo seems to have collaborated with music artist and rapper Drake for this new merchandise line. He tagged the rapper’s Instagram account/profile, ‘champagnepapi’, on his Instagram story. He also used ‘fire’ emojis to express his excitement with Drake’s song ‘Way 2 Sexy’ playing in the background. The print text on the shirt read, “I need a freak,” with the Nike ‘swoosh’ underneath.

Both Drake and Giannis sponsor Nike and would explain the reason for the trio’s collaboration. Combined with Drake’s star power and Giannis’s fame through winning the NBA championship and Finals MVP last season, the merchandise line could prove to be a success. However, their collaboration is definitely a surprise to many, considering the history between them.

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When the Milwaukee Bucks visited the Toronto Raptors in February 2020, Drake was seen trash-talking to the Bucks and Giannis. The Bucks superstar did not hold back himself as he responded in kind. Now, it seems that all is well between the rapper and the Bucks power forward as they collaborate for Giannis’ merchandise line.

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Can Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks contend for the NBA championship again?

The Milwaukee Bucks are obvious favorites for this season’s NBA Finals. But a genuine test of their roster can only come through playing a whole new season considering several Eastern Conference teams around have upgraded their rosters. The Bucks lost defender P. J. Tucker to rival Miami Heat and Bryn Forbes, who returns to San Antonio Spurs.

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CHICAGO, USA – OCTOBER 6: Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) of Milwaukee Bucks during the preseason NBA game between Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks, in Chicago, United States, on October 6, 2017.
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The Bucks seem to suffer from a lack of quality on the bench and a lack of a first-round draft pick. The Milwaukee-based franchise’s season heavily depends on keeping some of their stars fit. Some of these include Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday, Donte DiVincenzo, Brook Lopez, and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the Greek Freak.

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