Giannis Antetokounmpo is becoming a superstar in America, but he’s never truly forgotten his Greek roots.
And Greece hasn’t forgotten him, either. In fact, dozens of Greek fans came to see him play in United States against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. The Greek Freak visited with an entire section of fans of Greek descent after the game, and he was blown away by the sheer number of people who came to see him play.
“All these guys are Greek?” Antetokounmpo asked. “There’s no way!”
Antetokounmpo really was shocked that so many fans were there, and they had a way to prove that they were all Greek: The section broke out into the nation’s national anthem, and Antetokounmpo joined in.
When they were done, he started signing autographs and taking selfies with some fans. He signed multiple hands and even a cell phone. Some had Antetokounmpo Bucks jerseys for him and a few basketballs, too. At one point, while he was walking away, he stopped and signaled for someone to throw him a basketball they wanted signed. He caught it one-handed, signed it, then threw it back to cheers.
He also took an Instagram video with the crowd, which he posted on Tuesday night.
The whole thing seemed like quite a thrill for Giannis and the crowd alike.