Thanasis Antetokounmpo’s new podcast, Thanalysis, if you have not listened, is an absolute delight for any fan of the Milwaukee Bucks, or sports in general. In his first full episode, Thanasis interviewed Bucks’ Sixth Man of the Year candidate Bobby Portis. Earlier this week, Thanasis dropped a short episode in which he discusses the Super Bowl, family in professional sports, and what position he would play in the NFL.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo Talks Kelce Brothers
As many are aware, Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs and Jason Kelce of the Philadelphia Eagles will become the first brothers to be on opposing teams in the Super Bowl. Thanasis Antetokounmpo, who of course plays on the same team as his younger brother, Giannis, and faced another brother, Kostas, on the NBA court, discussed what having family in sports is like.
“What a week for sports, first of all! Having the Kelce family battling it out in the Super Bowl. Man, I can only imagine how proud is that household! And not trying to get the first one. I think Jason and Travis already have one, right?”
Thanasis then talks about how winning a second title is much harder than winning the first one. He also admits that he does not know very much about football, but has enjoyed following the NFL a little bit this season.
The Balance Between Being Happy for Family and Letting Their Success Drive You
One may remember that Thanasis and Giannis were not the first ones in their family to win a NBA Championship. Kostas Antetokounmpo was on the 2020 Los Angeles Lakers team that won the title. On his show, Thanasis talked about how he and Giannis were happy for Kostas, but also used his success to drive them to be better:
“I remember when Kostas won his first Championship, you know, with the Lakers. And he came, it was at an airport, it was in Greece, and we were all waiting for him and we celebrated. And then we all sat down at the house, we’re sitting at the table, everybody’s eating, and it’s like, ‘We have an NBA Champion sitting at the table with us!’
“Now, he’s the youngest of all of us, well of me and Giannis. And after the happiness wore off and the excitement, we were like, ‘Okay so now what are we doing? Now we have to win one.’ It wasn’t pressure, but it was mostly motivation. Saying to ourselves, ‘You know what, if he can do it, we can do it too.'”
The Bucks, of course, won the NBA title the very next season after Kostas won his with the Lakers.
What Position Would Thanasis Play in the NFL?
Growing up in Greece, Thanasis did not follow American football at all until he came to the United States. However, he does say that he wished he had followed and played football when he was a kid. He spent some time discussing what position he would have played. He came to the conclusion that if he were to play on defense, he would like to be a safety because they get a full view of everything from where they play. On offense, he would like to have been a wide receiver because he feels like running routes would have been easy for him.
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