Antetokounmpo is now forever linked with the NBA

Kostas last year, Giannis and Thanasis since last night: in one year the three Antetokounmpo have all won the title of champion of the NBA. This is obviously a first in the history of the American Basketball League. Son of a former footballer and a former top athlete, they have sport in their blood.

From where he is, Charles Antetokounmpo must certainly be proud of his sons. A former professional footballer, the Nigerian died of a heart attack in 2017 in Milwaukee. He had been staying there with his wife Véronica since their son Giannis was drafted by the Bucks in 2013. Four years later, three of the couple’s five children competed in the NBA and won the league title. It is curiously the youngest Kostas (23 years) who paved the way last year with the Lakers. Drafted in last position in 2018, he therefore won the holy grail in his 2e season. However, he did not have a very big impact in the Californian franchise that he will leave this summer to join the French Pro A. Kostas Antetokounmpo has, in fact, signed to ASVEL, a Lyon basketball training which belongs to the former star of the Blues, Tony Parker.

The Antetokounmpo brothers

The Antetokounmpo brothers

Giannis and Athanasis after Kostas Antetokounmpo

And since last night, his big brothers Giannis (26) and Thanasis (29) have succeeded him at the top of the NBA. With the Bucks, the two Greeks of Nigerian origin have just offered themselves the Larry O’Brien trophy. In very different roles, however. The first is the boss of Milwaukee. He flew over this final and was also quite logically elected MVP. After winning the title of best player of the Regular Season twice (2019; 2020) and also receiving that of best defender (2020), this sacred makes him directly a future Hall of Famer. His elder Thanasis, who arrived in the NBA in 2014, has obviously less impact. He runs at 2 points average but has even participated in more than 60 games during the season. During the play-offs, he made several appearances before being infected with the coronavirus in the final.

Alex Antetokounmpo, future NBA champion?

In the Antetokounmpo family, therefore, only two children did not win the NBA. For the elder Francis, this is no longer possible. Born in Lagos in 1988, he played basketball in Nigeria but he could not titillate the high level. It is in the song that he made himself, a little bit, a first name. Released a single titled “Shekosi” in 2020. On the other hand, the youngest of the Alex family, he can still hope to join his brothers in the NBA. 19 years old (2m03), he is a winger and is currently playing in Spain, in Murcia. This taste for sport and this culture of winning, the Antetokounmpo siblings have it in their blood. Besides a former footballer father, they also have a former athlete mother, long jump champion.

Demba VARORE

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