Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Wins Hearts With Touching Gesture After Win Against Kings

Published 02/22/2021, 11:30 AM EST
Jan 4, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts after scoring against the Detroit Pistons at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


A few years ago, no one would have predicted that Giannis Antetokounmpo would win an MVP, let alone two in a row. But he has defied the odds to do so and has become one of the best players in the league.

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Not only is he winning hearts with his on-court performances, but off the court as well. After the Bucks’ win over the Kings last night, Giannis displayed a heartwarming gesture. He gave away his sneakers to a young fan who had donned a Giannis hoodie. His mask may have hidden Giannis’ smile, but the gesture must have made everyone around happy.

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The tiny fan received a pair of Giannis’ signature Nike Zoom Freak 2s, from the Greek Freak himself. The shoes were almost as big as his hands, and he had a hard time carrying them. It was an adorable sight and one that the little fan will remember for life.

Giannis Antetokounmpo helps the Bucks build a winning streak

The Bucks had a rough start to their season but picked up pace in January. But with the end of a winning run started a losing run, which saw them lose five games in a row.

The Bucks put an end to this bad spell on Friday against the Thunder, and last night, Giannis helped them get their second win in a row. The Bucks beat the Kings 128-115, and Giannis starred with 38 points along with 18 rebounds and four assists. He shot 9-19 from the field and had a career-high 24 free throw attempts as well.

Dec 25, 2020; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) brings the ball up court against the Golden State Warriors during a NBA game at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Khris Middleton had an improved performance after a run of poor games. He finished with 32 points while shooting 13-22 from the field. This duo combined for a massive 70 points and was again able to deliver a win without Jrue Holiday. Holiday’s injury paralyzed the Bucks’ momentum, but they have now finally won two games without him.

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Jan 8, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates with forward Khris Middleton (22) against the Utah Jazz at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

The Bucks have two easy games ahead, against the Timberwolves and the Pelicans. But this will be followed by two tough games against the Clippers and the Nuggets. They will be tested in these games, and if Holiday is unable to return by then, they could be in trouble.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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