Let’s be honest, Milwaukee Bucks first round draft pick Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn’t have a simple name to pronounce and I completely understand that Bucks general manager Tom Hammond needed some help when meeting the 2013 draft pick.
That news came via an article by Doug Russell:
“After the draft, probably 11:30,” Bucks General Manager John Hammond said, “I said to (Media Relations Director) Dan Smyczek, ‘can you forward that pronunciation to me?’ Yeah. So…we’re doing our best.”
For the record, Giannis Antetokounmpo is pronounced [YAHN-is anh-teh-toe-KUHN-po], but for now , simply “Giannis” will probably suffice when addressing Antetokounmpo.
In regards to Giannis thoughts about playing in Milwaukee, those can be seen below:
“This is my first time in the United States,” a grinning Antetokounmpo said on Friday morning after his introductory news conference at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. “I feel very excited to be in the United States, seeing New York, and I am very happy.”
Antetokounmpo has only been speaking English for about one year, but is anxious to learn as much as he can about American culture
Milwaukee’s newest import: Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo [TMJ 4]
Giannis Antetokounmpo image courtesy of Associated Press