Giannis Named Captain for NBA All Star Game

Via @NBAAllStar Twitter

Giannis Antetokounmpo will make his third NBA All Star appearance on February 17th in Charlotte (second straight year as a starter). Giannis was the top-vote getter in the Eastern Conference and as a result was named the captain of the Eastern Conference squad. Giannis and fellow captain LeBron James will choose their teammates during a televised draft on Thursday February 7th at 7PM EST on TNT.

Giannis Off to A Fast Start To The Season

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We all thought that this season could be the breakthrough season where Giannis Antetokounmpo won his first MVP award. With only two week into the 2018 – 2019 NBA season, Giannis is proving many of us correct. Giannis has lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a record of 6 – 0 while averaging 25 PPG, 14.2 RPG, 5.6 APG, and 1.7 BPG. This six game winning streak even includes a triple double performance by Giannis versus the Minnesota Timberwolves (highlights below). It’s only two weeks into the season, but you can definitely see the confidence in his game. We haven’t seen the improved three point shot that we worked on over the offseason, but that will sure come soon. I have no doubt that Giannis will continue this early level of success throughout the entire season.

The Milwaukee Bucks face a huge challenge tonight when they square off against the Toronto Raptors led by another early MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard. It will be the battle of the undefeated teams, let’s see if Giannis can continue his hot start.

Nigerian Athletes Featured In B/R Power 50 List

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Bleacher Report put together a list that celebrates the 50 most influential people in sports culture with the B/R Power 50. The list was broken into five categories: Boss Up, Shake It Up, Level Up, Speak Up, & Glow Up. Several Nigerian athletes made the list and you check out their individual articles below:

Giannis Antetokounmpo, NBA All Star (Level Up)

Chiney Ogwumike, WNBA All Star/ESPN Analyst (Boss Up)

Arike Ogunbowale, NCAA Champion (Glow Up)

Victor Oladipo, NBA All Star (Glow Up)

Giannis is the NBA 2K19 Cover Athlete

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2K Sports announced that Giannis Antetokounmpo will be the cover athlete for NBA 2K19 Standard Edition. The game will be available on September 11, 2018, but you can preorder the game here. Congrats to Giannis on this incredible honor.

Check out the trailer for the game here featuring voice over from Giannis’ mother:

Giannis & Oladipo Make All NBA Teams

On Thursday, the NBA announced the All-NBA teams. Giannis Antekounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) made the All-NBA Second Team & Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers) made the All-NBA Third Team. Also, Oladipo made the NBA All-Defensive First Team. Great season by both guys as they lead their respective teams to the NBA playoffs. Expect to see their names on the All NBA Teams for years to come. Finally, we expect Oladipo will get one more award before the season ends (perhaps Most Improved Player).

Giannis Signature Shoe Coming Soon?

After resigning with the sportswear giant Nike in November 2017, there was a lot of speculation on whether Giannis Antetokounmpo would get a signature shoe. Nike already has signature lines with top NBA players: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Paul George. The versatility of Giannis’ game and the international presence he already has makes him the ideal guy to have a signature shoe. Well we may finally have an update to all of the speculation:

The Greek Freaks 1s!! We’ll keep you updated when we hear more information on a release date and when we get a preview of what early samples of the shoe looks like.