While the Milwaukee Buck’s All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo has claimed the modern title of the NBA’s “Greek Freak,” not every Athenian is pleased. Leonidas of Rhodes dawned the laurel wreath 12 times in the Olympic games beginning in 164 BCE.
“You know, first, it was that movie 300. Every passerby on Hollywood Boulevard would shout out ‘This is Sparta!’,” Leonidas said in a candid interview with Greek TV. “These plebeians can’t even get their historical figures correct.”
When it came to Antetokounmpo, the Greek Hero had enough.
“Call me old school, but “Greek Freak” is a term of endearment I earned. How would Jordan feel if the media started to throwing around ‘Air Westbrook’? Do you think Shaq would appreciate Blake Griffin being called ‘Diesel’ because he looks like he had head-on collision with an 18-wheeler? Alexander the Great would be rolling in his grave if he heard Catherine II stole his thunder! I deserve some respect!”
The Rhodesian is suing Giannis and the Bucks Organization to the tune of $100 million to be paid out in four-years to match the Milwaukee guard’s contract.
“This will be a true victory for my legacy and for all of Greece,” Leonidas concluded. “Right next to Socrates, Pythagoras and Aristotle, the history books will know the true Greek Freak, Leonidas of Rhodes.”
We reached out to the Milwaukee Buck’s front office, but they stated there was no time to comment as Giannis was dunking on the entire Raptors organization.