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“In my village I’m the Prince… I have royal blood in me.” — Giannis Antetokounmpo reflects on the meaning of his surname

Giannis Antetokounmpo's short film has brought out a lot of unknown facts about him and his family's roots.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo's short film Nadia Odyssey has brought to light a lot of details about his life, mostly about his roots. The film even sheds light on the real meaning of his surname Antetokounmpo, which means 'The crown that returns from overseas.'

Malika Andrews of ESPN recollected an on-court moment of the Milwaukee Bucks star when he was caught on camera – miming the action of wearing a crown. At the time, most people thought he was taking a dig at LeBron James, but Giannis took a moment to clarify in detail.

"First of all, it wasn't you know, nothing against LeBron - that's my last name. Ante means crown, Tokounmpo - that was you know my father's last name, his Nigerian name. We made the last name Antetokounmpo - King Tokounmpo basically, but the whole meaning of it is the crown that returns from overseas."

Antetokounmpo claims to be from royal blood.

The short film portrays Giannis's struggle as an immigrant in Greece. He's never visited Nigeria - the country his parents came from, but can somehow relate to the culture, given his family's upbringing.

Talking about his ancestries with Malika Andrews, Giannis shared his family's history.

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"I've known that and carried that my whole life. You know, in my village I'm the Prince... I have royal blood in me."

"When he [Dad] was here he was in charge of the whole village and my mom is the chief missus of the village — in 100 years from now, me and my brothers have to go take care of the village and we're prince in our little village of 1000 people," Giannis added.

After gaining that knowledge, Malika Andrews suggested a new nickname – 'King Freak,' which Giannis comically shot down in an instant.

"No, don't do that. Because King James might be mad and score 50 on me, don't do that."

Giannis Antetokounmpo is all about family.

Giannis recently had one of his best summers, getting a chance to play on the Greek national team alongside his brothers. He had played with Thanasis Antetokounmpo on the Milwaukee Bucks roster, but getting to see his younger brother grow is something he cherishes.

With regards to possibly playing on the same NBA team with his brothers, Giannis is open to the idea.

"You know in the next 10 years of my career hopefully if I can last and I will see, but I will definitely take that opportunity to do so."

When it's all said and done, it will be interesting to see what kind of impact the Antetokounmpo family has on the NBA.

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