Last fall, shortly after starting this blog, I became a theist. It’s a secret I feel I must now reveal.
In 2013, the Milwaukee Bucks selected Giannis Antetokounmpo with the 15th pick of that year’s draft. At the time He was largely unknown. He had only recently took up basketball, while His family scraped to get by as illegal immigrants in Greece. Bucks fans only had grainy video footage from high school-sized gyms to go on. Since then, His meteoric rise has felt simultaneously improbable, though in retrospect inexorable. He’s become a darkhorse MVP candidate at the very young age of 22. It was only last year that casual fans became aware of the latest stage of His metamorphosis – no longer were basketblogger nerds and Bucks fans the only groups to joyously witness His continuing ascension.
I know, I know – you could not care less. But the Cult of Giannis is an evangelizing faith. It is my duty to speak of the Good News:
#FearTheDeer! @Giannis_An34, boyalı alanda. pic.twitter.com/CMyUARbDKm
— NBA Türkiye (@NBA_Turkiye) October 19, 2017
— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) October 19, 2017
Someday, someone will take he and his family’s story and make it into a shitty movie. I can’t wait.
I apologize to those inadvertently subjected to an irreverent sports post, with nary a whisper of the problematic social issues roiling beneath the surface (i.e. the refugee/illegal immigrant experience in Europe, another Horatio Alger story as a supposed example of how exemplary the meritocratic West is, etc.) .
Anyways, let us pray: