The Milwaukee Bucks took their routine thrice-weekly whipping, but the most notable moment of their 113-102 loss to the Orlando Magic came when rookie phenom Giannis Antetokounmpo windmilled a reverse baseline dunk. In slow motion, the dunk is an acrobatic display of grace in a confined spot — striding, stretching, circling the ball around and through the rim. In real time, it’s a ferocious gobblefest.
But crazily enough, his older brother Thanasis, who plays in the NBA’s Developmental League for the Delaware 87ers, earned Play of the Game honors earlier in the day for a version of THE EXACT SAME DUNK. (Maybe Giannis’ is a little bit better based on sheer rotational arm velocity.)
Not only did the Greek natives share the same dunk, they even share the same nickname. It was Thanasis who was first referred to as ‘the Greek Freak’, a name that has since been co-opted for his younger, taller, more famous brother.
The pair is expecting the arrival of their parents and younger brothers from Greece soon. The rest of the Antetokounmpo family has been trying to reach the U.S. since Giannis was drafted, but have been stuck in Greece dealing with a visa issue. Not to fear, 19-year-old Giannis has prepared for their arrival.
Giannis bought his mom a heart-shaped box of chocolates for when she gets to the US this Sunday <3
— Eric Buenning (@ericbuenning) February 1, 2014