Yesterday, the Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo posted a photo of his customized basketball court with some personal notes in Greek. In the photo, he wrote, “Our house is a school for the people.” The picture was a reference to a rule in the Antetokounmpo household: he will not talk about basketball with his teammates or other NBA players.
In a recent interview, Milwaukee Bucks player Giannis Antetokounmpo talked about his house being a place he can go “to chill out away from basketball”. He said: “I don’t talk about basketball all the time. My whole family is not into talking about basketball all the time. It’s not like I don’t get to talk about basketball, I talk about basketball. But when it comes to talking all the time, I just don’t talk about basketball. I just don’t know how to speak about it all the time. I feel like…I feel like if you’re not about basketball, you’re not about anything.”
Most of us come home from work and don’t want to talk about work. We would like to focus on other, more fun topics, like basketball. As a basketball player in the NBA, like Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, basketball is your job, so it makes sense that he wouldn’t want to talk about it at home.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is surrounded by athletes in his life
Giannis Antetokounmpo is the youngest of five brothers who play basketball. His older brother Francis played professionally in Greece and his younger brother Alex currently plays in Spain. His two younger brothers play in the NBA. Thanasis, who is two years older than Giannis, is playing alongside his star brother with the Bucks after a year with the New York Knicks. Costas, who is three years younger, played one year for the Dallas Mavericks and spent the last two years with the Los Angeles Lakers. The girlfriend of the two-time NBA MVP is also a well-known athlete. Mariah Riddlesprigger played four years of volleyball at Rice University, according to the institution’s website. Mariah never played basketball at a high level, but her father Pat played four years on the Fresno State basketball team as an attacker.
Antitokounmpo has a fixed rule at home: no talking about basketball
Not talking about basketball is probably hard for a 6-foot-8 Greek who has known many athletes and basketball players in his life. To give himself a mental break, Giannis doesn’t touch his phone and sticks to the rule of not talking about basketball when he’s not on the court. TheBucks tweeted ainterview with the star in which he said: I leave my phone in my room and turn off notifications when he’s home. He also said he doesn’t watch other NBA playoff games, preferring to spend time with his son. When his girlfriend or brothers try to talk to him about what’s going on in the league, Giannis shuts it down: That’s what I’m saying: Hey, hey, hey, no basketball talk in this house. We don’t talk about basketball in this house. You know why? Because the way my brain works, I only think about basketball, so I don’t need to talk anymore. I’m driving myself crazy, aren’t I? At home, Giannis says he likes to pay attention to his passes and focus on himself, his breathing and his nutrition so that when he’s on the field for the Bucks, he can be 100% committed to the team and his game.
Antitokounmpo needs to focus, loses 1-0 to Brooklyn Nets in NBA playoffs
Against the Brooklyn Nets’ super team in the second round of the NBA playoffs, Giannis will have to focus on the court more than ever. Brooklyn beat Milwaukee 115-107 in Game 1 of the series, even though guard James Harden left the game with a hamstring injury in the first minute of the game. This was despite the excellent play of Giannis. The Greek Freak scored 34 points and added 11 rebounds and four assists. The Bucks will need another big game from Giannis on Monday night in Game 2 to avoid a 2-0 defeat. They are also hoping for the help of the team’s support. No player has scored more than 19 points in a first game loss. For the sake of Bucks fans, let’s hope Giannis had time to clear his head between Game 1 and Game 2, not to mention home basketball. The team will need a focused and possibly heroic performance from their superstar to advance to the next round. All stats courtesy of Basketball ReferenceandSports Reference EPILOGUE: Giannis Antetokounmpo uses his inner Lionel Messi to entertain Milwaukee Bucks fans during Game 2 against the Miami Heat