“If I have to pay to watch Team USA then never mind”: Giannis hilariously shows off his frugality as he refuses to cough up money to watch the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Samir Mehdi
|Published July 28, 2021

Giannis doesn’t seem to be into the fact that he has to pay to watch/stream Team USA’s games in Tokyo 2020 as he converses with ‘The Athletic’. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo is currently in possession of the largest contract in NBA history, valued at $228 million over 5 years. He signed this supermax extension merely 8 months prior to bringing the Milwaukee Bucks their first championship since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson did so in 1971. 

Though Giannis has more money now than he can spend, he worked his way up from pennies in his bank account to where he is now. His early days in Greece, as he puts it, saw him and his brothers selling trinkets on the street while his parents worked multiple jobs to keep their family afloat.

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Due to his upbringing, Giannis has always been frugal with his money. A particular story that comes to mind is when he received his first paycheck as a Buck and immediately bought a PlayStation 4, something he’s wanted for years.  

However, he would eventually return the gaming console to the store he bought it, from the next day, as he didn’t feel like he should own one. 

Giannis hilariously gets into it with ‘The Athletic’ Twitter account on paying to watch Team USA. 

In the United States, the Peacock streaming service is being used to watch the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. To subscribe to this service, consumers would have to pay $5 per month or $50 per year, without ads that is. Giannis got wind of this on Twitter and claimed that if he’s got to pay then he’ll forgo watching the Olympics.

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‘The Athletic’ actually responded to the ‘Greek Freak’ prior to him saying he won’t pay to stream the Olympics by calling him out on not subscribing to their newsletter-based service. They even brought up a tweet from Giannis that dates back to November of 2020 where he negotiated the $1 per month price to a possible $0.75. 

It’s safe to say that despite the 2x MVP having enough money in his bank account to essentially do what he wants, old habits die hard. 

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Samir Mehdi

Samir Mehdi

Samir Mehdi is an NBA Editor at The Sportsrush. Ever since he was 13 years old, he’s been obsessed with the game of basketball. From watching Kobe Bryant’s highlights on YouTube to now, analyzing and breaking down every single game on League Pass, Samir’s passion for the game is unwavering. He's a complete basketball junkie who not only breaks down current games but also keenly watches ones from the 60s’ and 70s’ while also reading comprehensive books on the history of the league. Samir’s life revolves around basketball and he hopes that shows in his work. Aside from work, he loves to spend time in the gym and with his friends at social gatherings.

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