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MVP Antetokounmpo and Greece fall to USA at World Cup

Sep 07, 2019 - 11:01 PM

Stop NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo to stop Greece – Team USA did just that to advance to the quarterfinals

GANG DEFENSE. US stalwarts swarm Greek NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo all game. Photo from

'Greek Freak' leads 5 to watch at FIBA World Cup 2019

Aug 30, 2019 - 12:53 PM

Team USA may be fielding a less stellar cast but several NBA superstars converge in China to give their own countries a boost

Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

NBA MVP Antetokounmpo to play in FIBA World Cup

Jun 28, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Six years since his senior national team debut, Giannis Antetokounmpo hopes to power Greece to a medal finish

GREEK PRIDE. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo looks forward to donning his national colors after a spectacular NBA season. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Antetokounmpo vows to stay hungry despite NBA MVP win

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:23 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo sets his sights on an NBA championship after becoming the first Greek player to be named NBA MVP

GREEK FREAK. Giannis Antetokounmpo says his journey has not reached its end. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

WATCH: Giannis says Kobe motivated him in NBA MVP triumph

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo emerges as the new NBA MVP, completing a challenge issued by Kobe Bryant in 2017

SUPERSTARS. Giannis Antetokounmpo draws inspiration from Kobe Bryant as he captures his first NBA MVP plum. Photo courtesy of Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP (Antetokounmpo) and Wikimedia (Bryant)

WATCH: Antetokounmpo sheds tears as he wins NBA MVP

Jun 25, 2019 - 1:11 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo pays tribute to the people who believed in him as he becomes the first Greek player to clinch the coveted award

NEW MVP. Giannis Antetokounmpo dethrones James Harden for the NBA MVP award. Photo from Milwaukee Bucks' Twitter account (@Bucks)

Antetokounmpo captures maiden NBA MVP award

Jun 25, 2019 - 11:38 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo dethrones James Harden and becomes the first player from Greece to be named NBA MVP

GREEK FREAK. Giannis Antetokounmpo becomes the first player from the Milwaukee to win MVP since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar triumphed in the 1973-74 season. Photo from Milwaukee Bucks' Twitter account (@Bucks)

Giannis, Harden in NBA team of the year, but no LeBron

May 24, 2019 - 9:25 AM

LeBron James misses out on the All-NBA First Team for the first time since 2007 as Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo and Rockets' James Harden lead the picks

UNANIMOUS. MVP contenders James HArden and Giannis Antetokounmpo earn unanimous first-team selections. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images/AFP

Giannis, Gobert, George top defensive player votes

May 23, 2019 - 10:51 AM

The trio finish with nearly identical point totals to emerge as finalists for the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award

TRIPLE THREAT. Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (center) vies for a second straight Defensive Player of the Year plum against MVP contender Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks and Thunder star Paul George. Photos from AFP

Giannis, Harden, George named NBA MVP finalists

May 18, 2019 - 9:46 AM

Bucks hotshot Giannis Antetokounmpo has been tipped as favorite to win the top individual plum

WATCH: Top 3 NBA plays

Apr 19, 2019 - 10:04 AM

Milwaukee's MVP contender Giannis Antetokounmpo and Boston's Jayson Tatum throw down vicious slams

BRILLIANT. Giannis Antetokounmpo drops more scintillating plays for the Bucks. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Top 3 NBA plays

Apr 06, 2019 - 10:16 AM

Steph Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo drop some ridiculous plays

NIFTY. Steph Curry throws a fancy one-handed pass to Kevin Durant during the Warriors’ dominating win over the Lakers. Photo from NBA Twitter

WATCH: Top 3 NBA plays

Apr 03, 2019 - 7:53 AM

Check out Donovan Mitchell and Giannis Antetokounmpo drive in for some mean dunks

TOP ONE. Donovan Mitchell kicks off the month by cruising to the top of the NBA highlight reel. Photo from NBA Twitter

Giannis returns to power Bucks' win

Apr 02, 2019 - 1:31 PM

'I want to play every game – rest is not in my dictionary,' says Antetokounmpo in his return from injury

NO REST. Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 28 points to lead the Bucks to a victory. File photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Top 3 NBA plays

Mar 30, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Leading MVP contenders Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden throw down some vicious slams

TOP BET. Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to show off his MVP form. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

Bledsoe steals show in Giannis, Harden MVP showdown

Mar 27, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Milwaukee guard Eric Bledsoe goes on a tear to power the Bucks past the Rockets

TAKING CHARGE. Eric Bledsoe takes over as the Bucks trip Chris Paul and the Rockets. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images/AFP

Antetokounmpo sits out but Bucks still trounce Lakers

Mar 20, 2019 - 11:58 AM

The Lakers continue to teeter on the brink of playoff elimination as they miss the services of LeBron James

SPLASH MOUNTAIN. Brook Lopez takes over the scoring cudgels from Giannis Antetokounmpo in the Bucks' win over the Lakers. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

Mitchell fires career-high as Jazz rally past Giannis, Bucks

Mar 03, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Donovan Mitchell erupts for 46 points as the Jazz storm back from 17 points down against the Bucks

WATCH: Top 3 NBA plays

Feb 15, 2019 - 9:56 AM

Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo never fails to spice up his on-court show

MVP FORM. Giannis Antetokounmpo delivers in another big night for the Bucks. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Antetokounmpo dominates as Bucks rally past Pacers

Feb 14, 2019 - 4:04 PM

'He's a monster,' Pacers coach Nate McMillan says of Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who erupts for 33 points, 19 rebounds and 11 assists

ON TOP. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the NBA-leading Bucks roll to another record on the road. Photo fro NBA Twitter

WATCH: Kyrie Irving on Team LeBron: ‘That’s a great 5’

Feb 09, 2019 - 5:47 PM

Kyrie Irving is impressed with All-Star captain LeBron James’ NBA All-Star picks

WATCH: Top 3 NBA plays

Feb 08, 2019 - 2:16 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo runs roughshod over the Wizards with an emphatic coast-to-coast dunk in the dominant win for the Bucks

GREEK FREAK. Giannis Antetokounmpo makes another case for the Most Valuable Player award with a 43-point display for the Milwaukee Bucks. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

Antetokounmpo cuts loose as Bucks thump Wizards

Feb 07, 2019 - 2:04 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo drains 43 points as the Milwaukee Bucks roll to their 40th win

DOMINANT. Giannis Antetokounmpo delivers another MVP performance. Photo from NBA Twitter

Giannis, Bucks blow out Wizards

Feb 03, 2019 - 1:31 PM

MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo sets a Milwaukee franchise record for most free throws without a miss

BIG BUCKS. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks  continue to enjoy the top view with a league-leading 38-13 record. Photo from NBA Twitter

WATCH: Top 3 NBA plays

Jan 29, 2019 - 8:39 AM

Paul George shows off his bounce as he puts Giannis Antetokounmpo on a poster in a rousing win for the Thunder

SERIOUS HOPS. Paul George comes through in crunchtime for the Thunder. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

League-leading Bucks rally to top Hornets

Jan 26, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo keys the late turnaround as the Bucks improve to 35-12

BIG RUN. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks outscore the Hornets, 32-12, in the final period. Photo from NBA Twitter

NBA All-Star 2019: Team LeBron vs Team Giannis

Jan 25, 2019 - 10:06 AM

LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo headline the list of starters in the 2019 NBA All-Star in February

LeBron, Antetokounmpo lead NBA All-Star fan voting

Jan 11, 2019 - 12:29 PM

Lakers superstar LeBron James leads all vote-getters in the NBA All-Stars with almost 3 million votes

TOP TWO. LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo face off anew in the All-Stars. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

Antetokounmpo powers Bucks over Harden's Rockets

Jan 10, 2019 - 2:27 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks spoil MVP James Harden's stellar outing of 42 points and 11 rebounds

DO-IT-ALL STAR. Giannis Antetokounmpo showcases another all-around game to lead the Bucks to a gritty win over the Rockets. Photo from NBA Twitter

LeBron, Antetokounmpo top early NBA All-Star vote totals

Jan 04, 2019 - 10:36 AM

This year's All-Star contest will follow last year's format with two team captains – the All-Stars who lead their conference – each selecting their own rosters

THE KING. After leading the East All-Stars last year, LeBron James could win the captaincy for the West All-Stars this season. File photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Harden sustains hot streak, Antetokounmpo hits triple-double

Dec 30, 2018 - 1:45 PM

MVP James Harden joins NBA legend Oscar Robertson in the record books as Giannis Antetokounmpo powers the Bucks to a league-best record

STREAKING. James Harden erupts for 41 points to lift the Rockets past the Pelicans. Photo from NBA Twitter

NBA star lashes out after presenter labels brother a 'monkey'

Nov 15, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo says he has 'lost sleep' over the racist incident involving his brother Thanasis

UPSET. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo comes to his brother's defense.

NBA Greek star Antetokounmpo out with concussion symptoms

Oct 30, 2018 - 8:21 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo is under the NBA's concussion protocol

SIDELINED. Giannis Antetokounmpo was elbowed in the head by Orlando's Aaron Gordon and fell to the floor underneath the basket midway into the first quarter last October 27. File photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

A duel of Eastern Conference All-Stars: Kemba vs Giannis

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:16 AM

The 'Greek Freak' has been the favorite top East player since LeBron James left for the Western Conference and the LA Lakers

ALL AROUND. Giannis Antetokounmpo collects 25 points, 18 rebounds and 8 assists as the Milwaukee Bucks open their campaign with a win over the Charlotte Hornets. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

5 NBA players to watch this season

Oct 13, 2018 - 5:35 PM

LeBron and the Lakers may have dominated the preseason storyline, but there's certainly more to talk about once the season gets going

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 5: Kawhi Leonard #2 and Danny Green #14 of the Toronto Raptors looks on from the bench during the second half of an NBA preseason game against Melbourne United at Scotiabank Arena on October 5, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Antetokounmpo gives thumbs up to new Bucks coach Budenholzer

May 18, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer takes over a Milwaukee squad coming off a first-round stint in the NBA playoffs

APPROVAL. Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo says he's excited to play for new coach Mike Budenholzer. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Bucks' Antetokounmpo leads NBA All-Star balloting

Jan 05, 2018 - 2:32 PM

The Greek Freak has received more fan votes than any other player so far, with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving following

ON TOP. The 'Greek Freak' Giannis Antetokounmpo will likely earn his second straight NBA All-Star nod. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Paul George thinks Greek Freak went out of bounds and traveled on final play

Dec 30, 2017 - 3:53 PM

Paul George isn't happy with the way the Thunder's 6-game winning streak comes to an end

NO CALL. Paul George wasn't happy with how the referees handled the final play involving Giannis Antetokounmpo. File photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Controversy as Antetokounmpo steps out of bounds before game-winner over Thunder

Dec 30, 2017 - 2:11 PM

Greek Freak appears to step on the baseline as he moves past Oklahoma City's Josh Heustis toward the basket, but no call is made

CONTROVERSY. Boos filled the arena after Giannis Antetokounmpo got away with stepping out of bounds as he drove to the basket for the game-winner. File photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Mirotic comes off the bench to power Bulls over Bucks

Dec 27, 2017 - 3:21 PM

The Bulls contain Giannis Antetokounmpo and earn the win on the road

BIG NUMBERS. Nikola Mirotic came off the bench to score 24 points in the win. File photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics overpower Milwaukee Bucks

Dec 05, 2017 - 1:27 PM

The Boston Celtics' victory is their 11th in their last 12 home games

LEADER. Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics during their gamethe Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden on December 4, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Antetokounmpo's 40 not enough as Cavs hold on

Nov 08, 2017 - 12:14 PM

4 Cavaliers players pour in double-digits to best Antetokounmpo's 40-point outing

NOT ENOUGH. The 'Greek Freak' topscores with 40 points but the Bucks fall behind the Cavs by 5 points. File photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Westbrook just shy of triple-double as Thunder get upperhand on Antetokounmpo, Bucks

Nov 01, 2017 - 3:36 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo leads all scorers with 28 points in the loss

LIGHTNING STRIKES. Russell Westbrook, last season's MVP, outduels the early favorite for this season's MVP award Giannis Antetokounmpo. File photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images/AFP

Antetokounmpo scores career-high 44 as Bucks beat Blazers

Oct 22, 2017 - 6:08 PM

The Greek Freak misses two late free throws but scores the go-ahead dunk and registers a game-saving block

BIG NUMBERS. Giannis Antetokounmpo is off to a hot start to the season. File photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

'Greek Freak' Giannis praised as 'MVP candidate' by Celtics coach Stevens

Oct 19, 2017 - 4:52 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo can play all 5 positions in the same position, and at least one opposing coach believes he will be in the MVP discussion this season

RISING UP. Last season, Giannis Antetokounmpo posted numbers comparable to those that Kobe Bryant had in his fourth season, hinting at possible greatness to come. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Antetokounmpo says farewell to Eurobasket-bound Greek teammates

Aug 22, 2017 - 11:23 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo will not represent Greece in the Eurobasket tournament

CONTROVERSY. "I am really disappointed that I will not help the team in the upcoming Eurobasket. I do not want to say anything now about my decision,". Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

NBA, Bucks deny blocking Antetokounmpo from playing in EuroBasket

Aug 21, 2017 - 3:30 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo announces he has a knee injury and can t represent Greece but Greek hoops officials aren t buying it

OUT OF ACTION. Giannis Antetokounmpo says missing EuroBasket is 'by far the biggest disappointment that I have felt so far in my career,' but Greek officials think he was influenced into sitting out. Photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP

Giannis Antetokounmpo's NBA journey led him to 'see world a lot differently'

Jul 26, 2017 - 11:12 AM

After making it to the NBA the biggest change in Antetokounmpo is perspective

ALL SMILES. NBA Star Giannis Antetokounmpo is all smiles as he greets basketball fans during 'Greek Freak' invades Manila event in Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: 'Greek Freak' Giannis Antetokounmpo invades Manila

Jul 24, 2017 - 3:10 PM

The Greek Freak is in Manila to empower Filipino youth to take up sports and pursue their education

The 'Greek Freak' Giannis Antetokounmpo invades Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

WATCH: Giannis Antetokounmpo on his NBA journey, advice to Filipino ballers

Jul 24, 2017 - 2:23 PM

What would Giannis tell his younger self? Find out this and more by watching Rappler s one on one interview here