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    No pressure to live up to Antetokounmpo name as Kostas follows Giannis footsteps

    Oct 8, 2018
    PHOTO: ap

    SHANGHAI -- It's one of the league's worst-kept secrets: Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo had an older brother --- Thanasis --- who briefly played for the New York Knicks in 2016.

    But here's something you might not know. Giannis, 23, has a younger brother who is currently on a two-way contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

    Greece's latest imported gift to the NBA is 20-year old Kostas Antetokounmpo, who was drafted by the Philadephia 76ers in the second round of last June's draft (60th overall) before being traded to Mark Cuban's club.

    We caught up with the amiable Kostas here in Shanghai where one leg of the 2018 NBA China Games was just held at the Mercedes Benz Arena, which roared with approval as the Sixers downed the Mavericks, 120-114, on the strength of J.J. Redick's ungodly 10-for-10 fare from 3-point range.

    SPIN.Ph: What have you been working on this summer?

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    Kostas: I've been working on my body. I've been working on my handles, on my shot. Working just to get better every day.

    SPIN.ph: What can you say about your team?

    Kostas: We got a lot of young guys in the team. The team is helping us adjust to get better everyday. I feel that the team is doing really good.

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    SPIN.ph: You are often called the other Greek Freak. How does it feel living under the shadow of your brother?

    Kostas: What do you mean? Say the question again.

    SPIN.ph: How does it feel having another Antetokounmpo in the NBA?

    Kostas: You know it's been our dream ever since we were little kids. And we made it happen. So we are both happy about it.

    SPIN.ph: Any pressure brewing right now and has Giannis set the bar so high for you?

    Kostas: No, I don't feel any pressure. I'm just focusing on becoming the best version of myself.

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    SPIN.ph: Do you still have time to see your family, what with practices and games and games?

    Kostas: My brother is living somewhere in D.C. with my parents while I live in Texas.

    SPIN.ph: Your brother was in the Philippines this year. When are you planning to visit us.

    Kostas: My brother always visits there but I never had the chance. Every time he goes out there, unfortunately I'm busy. Hopefully, if he comes to visit next year, I will go with him.

    Like his famous brother Kostas is long, 6-foot-10, and wiry, 198 pounds.

    A Dayton University alum, Kostas is also super friendly. He isn't weak-minded and speaks with superb confidence, but at this stage of his young NBA career, it's too early to tell if he'll burst into the second coming of the Greek Freak.

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