Giannis Antetokounmpo Scores 50 to Lead Milwaukee Bucks to First Championship in 50 Years
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks to lead Milwaukee Bucks to their first NBA Championship in 50 years on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.
Popularly called the Greek Freak, Giannis and the Bucks won four consecutive games to hold off the Phoenix Suns with 105-98 wins in game 6 of the NBA Finals and captured the franchise’s first championship in half a century.
Antetokounmpo, who has now scored over 40 points in three of his last NBA Finals, won the Bill Russel NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award. Antetokounmpo is the fifth international player to win the award, joining the likes of Hakeem Olajuwon, Tony Parker, Tim Ducan and Dirk Nowitzki.
Just at 26 years old, Antetokounmpo, is the only player in NBA history with 5 All-Star selections, 5 All-NBA selections, multiple MVPs, 1 Finals MVP and 1 DPOY before his 27th birthday.
Antetokounmpo now joins Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as only players to win MVP, Finals MVP and Defensive Player of the Year since the inception of DPOY in 1983.
He is the ninth player to win multiple MVPs and a Finals MVP in his career.
Antetokounmpo 50 points were tied for the most all-time in a closeout game of the NBA Finals, going by ESPN numbers. Greek Freak equals Bob Pettit’s 50 points scored against the Boston Celtics for St. Louise Hawks in Game 6 of the 1958 NBA Finals.
Born on December 6, 1994, in Greece to Nigerian parents. Antetokounmpo’s parents had relocated from Lagos three years earlier to seek greener pasture, leaving behind their firstborn son, Francis, with his grandparents. Although Antetokounmpo and three of his four brothers were born in Greece, they did not automatically receive full Greek citizenship as Greek nationality law follows jus sanguinis. For the first 18 years of his life, Antetokounmpo was effectively stateless, having no papers from Nigeria or Greece. After gaining Greek citizenship in 2013, his family Hellenized their surname from Adetokunbo to Antetokounmpo to more closely follow Greek spelling rules.
Antetokounmpo grew up in the Athens neighborhood of Sepolia. His parents, as immigrants, could not easily find work, so Giannis and his older brother, Thanasis, helped by hawking watches, handbags and sunglasses in the streets. In 2007, Antetokounmpo started playing basketball. When he officially gained Greek citizenship on May 9, 2013, his name was officially romanized as Giannis Antetokounmpo. His nickname is the “Greek Freak”.
Three of the Antetokounmpos have now won NBA championships, Kostas Antetokounmpo won with the Lakers in 2020 while Giannis and Thanasis won with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2021.
All Giannis Awards and Honours
- NBA Champion: 2021
- NBA Finals MVP: 2021
- 2× NBA Most Valuable Player: 2019, 2020
- NBA Defensive Player of the Year: 2020
- 5× NBA All-Star: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
- NBA All-Star Game MVP: 2021
- NBA Most Improved Player: 2017
- 5× All-NBA Selection:
- All-NBA First Team: 2019, 2020, 2021
- All-NBA Second Team: 2017, 2018
- 4× All-Defensive Selection:
- NBA All-Defensive First Team: 2019, 2020, 2021
- NBA All-Defensive Second Team: 2017
- NBA All-Rookie Second Team: 2014
- Euroscar European Player of the Year: 2018
MultiChoice Introduces Special World Cup Package on GOtv
The package named “Jolli YaQatar” was launched today and it comes with a new discount offer
The mother brand of GOtv, MultiChoice has introduced a special world cup package for GOtv subscribers.
The package named “Jolli YaQatar” was launched today and it comes with a new discount offer, Investors King learnt.
According to a statement released by MultiChoice, the decoder and one-month subscription which was previously N6,900 will now be available for N4,900.
“Starting from Saturday, November 26, customers can get a GOtv decoder at just N4,900 instead of N6,900,” the statement read.
Additionally, all matches of the FIFA World Cup are now available to GOtv customers on Supa, Max, and Jolli packages.
MultiChoice Nigeria’s Chief Executive Officer, John Ugbe, noted that the special package will enable more Nigerian families to enjoy the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
He added that the company has included more channels to capture all moments at the ongoing world cup in Qatar.
“This special World Cup price offer will allow more Nigerians access to live matches and show-stopping moments at the ongoing FIFA World Cup. To further drive this, we have extended more World Cup dedicated channels to every customer,” he said.
GOtv is one of the most popular pay-per-view television service providers in Nigeria.
Apart from being relatively affordable, it has a lot of exciting channels which include Africa Magic Urban, Honey, SuperSport, WWE, SuperSport channels, KIX, StarLife, Cartoon Network, ESPN, Zee World, TeleMundo, CNN International, Al Jazeera, Discovery Family, B4U Movies, TNT Africa.
Others include MTV Base, HIP TV, M-Net Movies 4, ROK, Discovery ID, Nat Geo Wild, Da Vinci Kids, Disney Junior, Nickelodeon, Jim Jam, and a lot more.
In all, GOtv has over 80 exciting channels covering news both local and international, music, sports, documentaries, series, movies, and children’s programmes.
GOtv subscription begins from N1,900 a month on GOtv Jinja, to N2,800 for GOtv Jolli. GOtv Mass monthly subscription goes for N4,150 while the all-round package, GOtv Supa goes for N5,500.
Billionaire Jim Ratcliffe to Bid for Manchester United as David Beckham Struggles to Raise Fund
Again, Sir Jim Ratcliffe moves to acquire Manchester United
British richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe has launched a bid for Manchester United amid a report that the Glazer family put the Premier League club up for sale. This is the second time Jim Ratcliffe will be aiming to buy the most valuable club in England.
Investors King learnt that the Glazer family planned to sell the club at a valuation of £5 billion. The 70-year-old has been a lifelong fan of Manchester United.
While recounting his first attempt to purchase the club, Ratcliffe stated that he planned to submit a bid higher than the club’s valuation.
Meanwhile, former England captain David Beckham, who spent more than ten years at Manchester United has stated that he is open to holding talks with potential bidders for the club, Financial Times reported.
This is after it has been reported that the football legend is having difficulty raising the fund. He has however called on other interested investors to join him to bid for the club.
Reacting to the development, Manchester United shares were up at nearly 19 percent at the opening of market on Wednesday. This is in addition to the 14 percent gain it recorded on Tuesday afternoon.
In a similar development, Manchester United fans have called for fresh investment and new ownership to boost the title chances of the club after many years of unimpressive performance.
“Our club needs new investment more than ever. That requires new ownership,” the fans group stated in a statement.
They added that the fans group should be given the opportunity to have a say in the future of the club.
“Any new ownership structure must embed supporters, including a degree of fan share ownership, in their operating model,” they noted.
With a record of 20 English League titles, 12 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 3 European Champions Cups, and 1 FIFA Club World Cup, Manchester United is undoubtedly one of the most successful clubs in the world.
2022 World Cup: $220 Worth Football Competition Begin on Sunday
As the World anticipates the most watched sporting event scheduled to begin on Sunday, the organiser, FIFA, and the host country, Qatar have perfected plans to host the most expensive sporting event in the world so far.
Investors King learnt that the government of Qatar is spending a sum of $220 billion to host the three weeks event which will kick start in three days with an opening match between the host country, Qatar, and Ecuador at the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium.
The last world cup which was held in 2018 and hosted by Russia was valued at $11.6 billion. This represents an increase of about 1800%.
Although the host country, Qatar built a new city, new airports, and new stadiums to host the event, observers however opined that the sum expended toward the event is unnecessary and flamboyant.
Ahead of the event, it was learnt that a number of participating countries have arrived in the Middle East country.
The United States and Australia are the first teams to arrive for this year’s edition of the FIFA world cup.
It could be noted that Qatar is the first country in the middle east to host the world cup event while it is the smallest country so far to ever host the world football event.
Meanwhile, to host a hitch-free event, Qatar has partnered with some countries to ensure utmost security at the sporting event which is expected to attract about 1.6 million visitors.
Thirteen countries, including the U.S., UK, Turkey, France, Germany, and Pakistan, are sending security personnel to Qatar to bolster security at the World Cup tournament.
The United Kingdom has pledged to send its Royal Navy and Royal Air Force to help secure the sea and air bases during the World Cup.
Pakistan has sent 500 armed soldiers, Turkey is sending 3,000 riot police officers while the United States Forces have also landed in Doha ahead of the opening event on Sunday.
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