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A crash course in pronouncing ‘Giannis Antetokounmpo’

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We’re going to tackle this right now. No more excuses.

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It’s no secret to Bucks fans in Wisconsin that Giannis Antetokounmpo is special. They’ve known it for a while now, and they’re quick to remind you of Giannis’ talent and promise. On the national scale, however, the hype is slower to rise. It’s bubbling, but in their defense, there’s a lot of stories to cover all over the country and Milwaukee hasn’t been a frequent stop in the past for stories that could take the sports landscape by storm.

But what’s holding them back on this? Shouldn’t Giannis be getting a little more love?

Ah, this thing again. While Kidd’s comments were in jest (I think?), there might be some truth here still. Listen to most highlight shows or opposing telecasts, and you’ll hear some form of “Giannis A—I’ll just call him the Greek Freak!” met with a belly laugh or nostril-y exhale. Maybe both.

Well, I, for one, am ready to bring everyone up to speed. So, let’s bang this out in one final lesson and we can all be on our ways. Cool? Cool.

Let’s start with a re-briefing on the spelling of his name.

G

I

A

N

N

I

S

(catches breath)

A

N

T

E

T

O

K

O

U

N

M

P

O

Okay, now let’s work on that pronunciation. Find 10 minutes in your day to practice this, and you shouldn’t ever have issues again.

YAHN-iss ah-deh-toh-KOON-boh

YAHN-iss ah-deh-toh-KOON-boh

YAHN-iss ah-deh-toh-KOON-boh

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I do apologize for what looks like spam, but I thought it would be appropriate for you to say his name 23 times because Giannis is averaging just under 23 points this season (22.8), to go with 8.6 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 2.1 steals, and 2.1 blocks at 21 years old.

There are no more excuses now. Giannis is here. He’s a star. You’re going to say his name regularly very soon, so you might as well be prepared.

#VoteGiannis