Giannis Antetokounmpo visits Greece as mother, brother get citizenship there
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Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo visited his native country of Greece on Thursday to watch his mother and younger brother receive their Greek citizenship, The Associated Press reported.

Antetokounmpo, who earlier this year led his team to their first NBA Championship since 1971, attended the ceremony for Veronica and Alex Antetokounmpo at the residence of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo, the son of Nigerian immigrants, was born in Athens and received his own Greek citizenship in 2013. He traveled to the U.S., where he was selected by the Bucks in that year’s NBA draft. 


The two-time NBA MVP shared his excitement with reporters after the ceremony. 

“We always felt Greek, but now we have an official stamp and we are happy,” Antetokounmpo said. “Alex and my mom are Greek citizens now.” 

The Ringer staff writer and New York Times best-selling author of “Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP” Mirin Fader shared the hardships Antetokounmpo’s family went to gain citizenship in Greece. 

Antetokounmpo visited Athens last month with his brother and Bucks teammate, Thanassis Antetokounmpo, celebrating with family and friends on their championship win, the AP reported.