WATCH: Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Makes Young Fan’s Day With Heartwarming Gesture

Published 04/12/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
Mar 20, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots over San Antonio Spurs guard Keldon Johnson (3) during the first quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


Giannis Antetokounmpo becoming an NBA superstar has been one of the most fascinating stories in recent memory. The ‘Greek Freak’ is one of the league’s unlikeliest superstars. Few expected Antetokounmpo to become the star that he has become, let alone becoming a two-time MVP. But it appears despite his super-stardom, Giannis always makes time to thank those who matter the most – the fans.

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Giannis greets a young fan in Orlando

After the Milwaukee Bucks’ win over the Orlando Magic, Giannis Antetokounmpo took time to greet some fans. Despite not playing, Antetokounmpo was present in the building. Spotting a young fan in the arena, Giannis greeted him, gave him a signed jersey, and took a picture with him. It was a truly heartwarming moment from the reigning league MVP.

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Giannis is currently out with a knee injury. There is no set timetable yet for his return, as he missed his fifth consecutive game. Antetokounmpo will be demoralized by the injury, as he was on track to be one of the strongest contenders to be the MVP this year. This injury is just another example of how convoluted the MVP race has been this year.

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The Bucks will be hoping that Giannis can make a recovery sooner rather than later, as the playoffs are fast approaching. The Bucks understand how reliant they are on Giannis, especially as the playoffs roll around. Antetokounmpo will have a lot to prove in the post-season, especially after his poor showing last time around with the Milwaukee Bucks in the bubble.

Giannis Antetokounmpo yet to prove himself in the playoff

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Antetokounmpo is still very young in his career, but he is still trying to rid himself of his playoff demons. A player of his caliber doesn’t come around very often. The Bucks have realized that and have tried to surround him with as many good players as possible, like Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton, and even P. J. Tucker.

Mar 29, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) moves the ball up court against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Can Giannis Antetokounmpo recover ahead of the NBA playoffs? The Bucks will be praying that he can return soon. However, they will prioritize his long-term health above all. The team has been having a strong season this year, despite contending with stronger teams like the Nets and 76ers.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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