Miami to Welcome Basketball’s “Greek Freak”

first_imgMIAMI, FL – A big, fat chunk of Florida’s Greek community is gearing up to support the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo on December 22 when he faces the Miami Heat.The 23-year-old, 6-foot-11, 242-pounder has been nicknamed the “Greek Freak” due to his dominance on the hardwood. Off the court, he is a gentle giant known for his charity and humble nature.“There is no drama or flash with Giannis,” said Aleco Haralambides, a Miami attorney and Greek community leader.“He exhibits classic Greek ideals of humility, hard work, and excellence while at the same time coming across as wholesome kid from the neighborhood.”Haralambides adds: “Gia sou, Giannis!” which is the Greek phrase for “greetings.”Born in Athens, Giannis Antetokounmpo (pronounced YAHN-iss ah-deh-toh-KOON-boh) is of Nigerian descent. If his name is too hard too pronounce, just call him “John.”Ticket information is available by phone: 786-777-1000.From the Miami Herald, reprinted with the author’s permission.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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