Hundreds (thousands according to the Milwaukee Bucks) of local fans were on hand at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto to greet Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Toronto doctor Frank Karantonis spearheaded “Greek Heritage Night” at the Raptors-Bucks game, which brought hundreds to the game to celebrate and watch not only their hometown team play, but their favorite NBA star from the opposing team.
Karantonis is also the organizer of the Greek Canadian Games, an Olympics-style event that attracts young Canadians of Greek heritage to express their own passion about sports. The event takes place every summer.
The Toronto fans didn’t disappoint. Following the game, which went into overtime, they stayed behind to wait for Antetokounmpo and serenade him with the Greek National Anthem as he emerged from the locker room.
The Raptors won 131-127 and the Greek Freak, as fans love to call their favorite Bucks player scored 26 points. It was an exciting night for Toronto’s Greeks.
Watch the video from the Milwaukee Bucks
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