The accolades keep coming for the Greek Freak – even from outside the basketball world, as Time Magazine revealed Giannis Antetokounmpo as one of its 100 most influential people of 2020.
The honor was revealed Tuesday night during ABC's "Time 100: The Most Influential People of 2020" television special and topped off with a short tribute written by former Bucks great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for Time Magazine.
"I have no doubt that Giannis will extend the NBA records he holds – he already has the highest single-season Player Efficiency Rating, which combines all of a player’s stats, in NBA history – possibly beyond the reach of future generations," Abdul-Jabbar writes. "But a sports hero is more than records. Giannis sets an example by standing up for what he believes in. After leading the Milwaukee Bucks to the playoffs, he and his team protested the police shooting of Jacob Blake in their home state by refusing to play, sparking a wave of strikes and postponements throughout the NBA. I once asked Giannis what his name meant, and he told me 'the crown has arrived.' It certainly has."
The news comes less than a week after the announcement that Giannis won the NBA's Most Valuable Player award for the second straight season, joining the rare company of Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan and Moses Malone as the only players to win back-to-back MVP honors. He's also just the third NBA player to win both the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same season, following in the footsteps of Michael Jordan's 1987-88 campaign and Hakeem Olajuwon's 1993-94 run.
Fellow athletes on Time's 100 list this year include Maya Moore, Lewis Hamilton, Dwyane Wade, Patrick Mahomes, Naomi Osaka, Megan Rapinoe and Allyson Felix. The entire list can be found here.
I guess we'll have to add this to our list of 34 reasons why we love Giannis. In the meantime, click here to read the rest of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's remarks on Giannis – and click here to refresh yourself on how Giannis' incredible rise from a skinny Greek unknown to winning an MVP twofer began.
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.