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“I've got to pay for diapers” — why Giannis Antetokounmpo shies away from messing with the refs

This is why Stephen A. Smith said Giannis is “the best thing that could have happened to the NBA.”
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo

A lot of NBA stars tend to forget to keep their feet on the ground, especially when they are already making millions of dollars. But despite the fame and riches, Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has never been carried away. In fact, even during the most heated and intense games, “The Greek Freak” manages to stay composed as he always worries about how much money it would cost him if he let his ego take over.

Giannis knows better

As we all know, the NBA is a battleground for the most competitive hoopers in the world. And frustrations over how the game is officiated sometimes lead to players acting up and arguing with the referees. But Antetokounmpo was never one of them.

The way Giannis sees it, having heated exchanges with the refs, makes no sense; above all, losing “a lot of money” on fines is the last thing he ever wanted to happen. That was exactly his reaction during the post-game press conference of the controversial Game 3 between the Bucks and the Celtics in the Eastern Conference semi-finals last season.

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"How much does it cost if I say something, a comment about the ref?" Antetokounmpo asked reporters. "Is it $20,000? It's a lot of money. So I should not do it. I'll save my money, I've got to pay for diapers.

The humble MVP

As the Bucks’ cornerstone, Antetokounmpo did not fail. He made history with the small market team by bringing the championship back to Milwaukee after 50 long years. Undoubtedly, the Bucks and their faithful couldn’t ask for more from “The Greek Freak.”

However, the two-time MVP continues to prove that apart from being a once-in-a-generation player, he’s also distinctively humble regardless of his stature and how much money he makes. More importantly, Antetokounmpo vows to stay the same for the rest of his illustrious career.

"I am humble,” Antetokounmpo once said. “I always try to listen to my coaches, my teammates and the people I trust. I don't agree with that, I'm not the best player. And even if I was, I was never gonna say it. I don't want to believe that."

Due to Antetokounmpo’s remarkable humility, it didn’t take long for the NBA community to be enamored by his on and off-the-court qualities. In fact, famous NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith hailed him as “the best thing that could have happened to the NBA.”

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