LONDON – Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Athenian-born small forward on the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, affectionately dubbed the “Greek Freak” wants to see his brother, Thanasis, playing full-fledged professional basketball, too.
He is currently playing for the New York Knicks’ D-League team, the Westchester Knicks, but Giannis thinks Thanasis is ready for prime time.
“He’s ready,” Antetokounmpo said, the New York Post reported. . “I don’t think the Knicks have to lose anything. They don’t have anything to lose. My brother could bring energy to the team and is hard-working, and guys from the team can see that and take something from him.’’
The Knicks are having a horrendous season, and so Antetokounmpo thinks bringing Thanasis in could only be a win-win at this point, or at least, have no downside.
Though Thanasis is two years older than Giannis, the younger Antetokounmpo is currently the bigger star, mostly because of his massive frame: Thanasis is 6’7, but Giannis is 6’11, hence the “Greek Freak” monicker.
Giannis is the biggest Greek star in the NBA since Kurt Rambis made it big with the great Los Angeles Lakers Teams of the 1980s, which included superstars Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Rambis, whose trademark was his prominent mustache and thick glasses, was often referred to as Clark Kent. Hardly a flashy player, Rambis was lauded as the consummate workman on the court.
Since retiring, Rambis has enjoyed success in coaching, and is currently an assistant coach with the Knicks, where Thanasis might be heading soon.