A throwback to the time when 2x NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo made his friend split the McDonald’s bill with him
Giannis Antetokounmpo is a name that is known by everyone who follows the NBA now. However, it was not always the same case. The 2x NBA MVP had to work a lot to get where he is today. The Greek Freak joined the Bucks on a 3 year, $8.6 million contract back in 2013.
Since then Giannis has come a long way. The 26-year-old has just been selected as an All-Star starter, which marks his 5th straight All-Star starter selection. In the offseason, he had inked a $228 million extension with the Milwaukee Bucks, which is one of the largest NBA contracts to date.
Throwback to when Giannis Antetokounmpo made his friends split McDonald’s bill
Back when Giannis was newly settling in the USA, he made good friends with the Bucks’ assistant video coordinator Ross Geiger. In 2017, just after Giannis had inked a 4 year, $100 million contract with the Bucks, Lee Jenkins of the Sports Illustrated did a piece on him.
There we got to know the depth of Geiger and Giannis’ friendship. Geiger had lent Giannis his Subaru Legacy, and was responsible for his transition in music from EDM to Hip-Hop.
He was also responsible for teaching Giannis what can and cannot be sung out loud in public. They would also often dine together. Despite making millions, even on his initial contracts, Giannis refused to foot the bills.
Recalling an episode, Jenkins wrote, “but when they ate dinner, even at McDonald’s, Antetokounmpo insisted on splitting the bill, either he didn’t comprehend how much more he earned than a video guy, or he couldn’t bear to part with the cash.”
Things have certainly changed a lot since then. Giannis has treated his dear friend quite a few times, and has grown more understanding of his wealth and good fortune.