Some days ago a car accident in Athens killed Thanasis Antetokounmpo's friend and former teammate Apostolis Tsaousis, an incident which left him stunned. “I'm very disappointed. Apostolis was a great guy and it's a shame that such a young guy had this tragic death. We were teammates at Filathlitikos and we were schoolmates as well. My brother Giannis was also among his teammates. I have no words to describe how I feel. When I received the text I couldn't believe it. I thought it was a nightmare but unfortunately it was a reality,” Thanasis tells sdna.gr.
What Antetokounmpo brothers have achieved after moving to the USA is remarkable and even Thanasis couldn't expect this progress. “Two years ago none could believe what is happening now. But from our very young age we had high aims that we were determined to achieve. Our family has helped us a lot. They are very proud of us. They expect us to be better as humans rather than better as basketball players,” Antetokounmpo quoted.
But what about his brother Giannis, who produces some spectacular performances in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks shirt: “You've better to ask someone else about my brother. My opinion will be subjective! I expect big things from Giannis but he has to stay grounded despite his recent personal record. I'm very proud of my brother but since you ask I think that he can do a lot more,” he underlined.
As for his personal target, Thanasis wants to improve every day. “My aim is to become every day, every week, every month a better player and when the chance comes up to grab it. My presence in the NBDL gives me the opportunity to become a better player and a better human being.”
His future lies in the USA as many expect him to be promoted to New York Knicks sooner than later. “I'm not anxious. I'm focused on my personal training every day at Westchester Knicks. I want to be concentrated on my duties in the team and I feel comfortable. If you're anxious you are distracted and you don't hit your targets. I'm working every day to be ready when the time comes,” Antetokounmpo said.