(Greece) – Giannis Antekonmpo, an NBA star who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks and his older brother, Thanasis Atetokounmpo, who was drafted by the New York Nicks in 2014, have started their mandatory Greek military service, which is expected to last for the next three months. Now that the Greek national team has failed to qualify for the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil this summer, that gives Giannis and his brother a chance to work off their mandatory conscription service just in time for them to get ready for the upcoming NBA season.
The brothers report to a military base in Avlona, which is north of Athens, Greece. Their official term of service is expected to officially begin next year. According to the US Embassy in Greece, “Greek males between the ages of 19 and 45 are required by Greek law to perform military service. This applies to any individual whom the Greek authorities consider to be Greek, regardless of whether or not the individual considers himself Greek, has a foreign citizenship and passport, or was born or lives outside of Greece.” Although the Antetokonmpo brothers live outside of Greece due to their ties with the NBA, they are still required to serve these three months. Greek men between the ages of 19 and 45 are required to spend a total of at least nine months in the military. Because they are classed as, “Greek citizens living abroad” they will be required to complete their three month service and will defer the rest of it to next summer.
Giannis Antetokonmpo was a first round draft pick of the Milwaukee Bucks back in 2013. He is usually plays small forward but is also great at playing point guard. He is termed, “The Greek Freak” by his fans in the NBA. His older brother Thanasis was drafted the following year by the New York Nicks.