When Giannis Antetokounmpo, a.k.a. the Greek Freak, glides down the court, he needs only four to five steps to make it from one basket to the other, and defenders can feel absolutely helpless to stop him. Standing 6-foot-11 with handles equal to some of the NBA’s best point guards, Antetokounmpo has transformed from a raw prospect averaging 6.8 points per game as a rookie to a full blown superstar in just four short seasons.
He’s currently averaging career highs in points, blocks, steals, rebounds and field goal percentage, and has the Milwaukee Bucks sitting sixth the Eastern Conference. But Antetokounmpo’s off the court work is even more impressive.
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According to Sports Illustrated, Antetokounmpo takes a bad loss harder than any player in the NBA. The Greek Freak gets so upset that he doesn’t even take his uniform off or shower after leaving the arena. He simply gets into his car and drives a few miles to a place where he can get rid of his anger through a workout. From the SI piece:
He storms out of the Bradley Center in full uniform, from home locker room to player parking lot, and hops into the black Explorer the local Ford dealer lent him. He turns right on North 4th Street in downtown Milwaukee, steers toward the Hoan Bridge and continues six miles south to the Catholic seminary in St. Francis, where the priests pray and the Bucks train and The Freak dispenses his rage. Alone, Antetokounmpo reenacts the game he just played, every shot he clanked and every read he missed. Sometimes, he leaves by 1 a.m. Other times, he stays until three, sweating through his white jersey for a second time. “I get so mad, and if I go right home, I’m afraid I’ll never get that anger out,” Antetokounmpo says. “This is how I get the anger away.”