Giannis Antetokounmpo has a long and difficult name. It’s no secret. Many NBA commentators and SportsCenter desk jockeys have struggled with it at times, which is understandable. It takes some practice. Say it with us — An-Tet-oh-koonem-poh. Repeat until it’s etched into your brain.
For those not willing to stumble over the extra-long surname, Antetokounmpo has thankfully adopted a much more verbally friendly nickname — The Greek Freak. He was born in Athens, Greece and his lanky long limbs and off-the-charts athleticism combine for this fitting moniker. He’s fully embraced the Greek Freak label so far in his young career, but he recently learned that the massive NBA fanbase in China doesn’t use it. They have something else…
“Your last name is super long so in China everyone called you ‘Letter Bro,” the reporter recently told Antetokounmpo. “You have so many letters for your last name. So how do you like this name? What’s your thought on this?”
Antetokounmpo was a bit surprised by this revelation, but he quickly decided that “Letter Bro” was also a good nickname.
“That’s the first time I’ve heard that name. That nickname,” he said. “It’s cool, you know. In China people call me like that, it’s cool.”
All hail Letter Bro, the most exciting young player in the NBA!