The reigning NBA MVP and recently crowned Champions with his team, Giannis Antetokounmpo and son Liam Antetokounmpo on Monday, had an indoor basketball practice session together, as he prepares for the new season.
The proud father and Milwaukee Bucks star had posted a snap of his fast-growing son and himself in a basket court as he speaks about his motivation.
Posting a photo of Liam Antetokounmpo, photographed dragging a basketball on the floor, Giannis captioned the photo saying:
“They ask me what I do and who I do it for”
Giannis Antetokounmpo and son, Liam a few weeks back at the NBA-All-Star game took over social media when TNT broadcast cameras quickly caught the 26-year-old Milwaukee Bucks star and his year-old son dribbling the ball to one another just before the game started.
After winning the game’s Kobe Bryant Most Valuable Player Award, Antetokounmpo was asked about what he would remember most about the game.
“Definitely my son,” he said. “This is the first time he’s come to watch me play in the all-star game. This is for him. It’s just fun to have family out.”
On site at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Bleacher Report captured another angle of the special moment between father and son:
After his introduction as a five-time all-star, Antetokounmpo blew a kiss to the sideline where his family was seated. Before the game, he had said he hoped they all could have fun on the brief trip to Atlanta.
“I’m gonna have fun,” he said. “Enjoy the moment. This is going to be, for sure, a different All-Star (Game) and playing, man, with great players. Who knows if I’m going to have the chance to play with them again, so, enjoy the moment. Hopefully, my family can enjoy it too. And smile. And just, you know, get it over with and go back home and get some rest.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo and his girlfriend, Mariah Riddlesprigger, are also expecting their second child, with Mariah declaring openly the exciting news via an Instagram post.
On her @sincerelyymariah Instagram account, Riddlesprigger had posted that “Oh and I forgot to mention baby #2 is on the way and I’m in for even more life lessons! My kids are my biggest blessing and my greatest lesson!”
The girlfriend of the NBA MVP showed gratitude not only to her husband, but for her son who has given her “purpose” in life.
“I know it’s a cliché statement, but it’s the truth! Becoming a mom has helped me realize what I am capable of; physically, mentally and emotionally. My son has taught me more about patience, perseverance and passion in these past 15 months than I have ever known,” she wrote.
“But most importantly he’s opened my eyes to my true potential. I’ve made it through sleepless nights, teething and the beginning of toddler tantrums, and at this point I feel invincible.”
On February 10, 2020, Riddlesprigger gave birth to their son, Liam Charles. Giannis Antetokounmpo and son Liam were famously photographed observing the Acropolis last year, with the NBA star saying, “My goal in life is to show you the world”.
The Milwaukee Bucks player won his second NBA MVP award last year, making him the first Greek to ever receive two of the prestigious awards. Last year he also announced a new five-year contract extension with his current NBA team.