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Giannis Antetokounmpo is a Massive Fan of Reality TV Shows

Giannis Antetokounmpo has a lot of fans, and for good reason. Antetokounmpo is one of, if not the, best players in the entire NBA. However, Antetokounmpo also has his own fandom. Antetokounmpo is, believe it or not, a huge fan of reality television.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the greatest players in the NBA

Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the greatest players in the NBA. In his free time, though, Antetokounmpo loves reality TV and The Challenge.
Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks watches from the bench against the Cleveland Cavaliers. | Jason Miller/Getty Images

With the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, the Milwaukee Bucks selected Giannis Antetokounmpo. After a couple of slow seasons to start his career, Antetokounmpo has been one of the greatest players in the entire league.

Throughout seven NBA seasons, Antetokounmpo has increased his points-per-game average each season. After scoring 22.9 points per game during 2016-17, he scored 26.9 during 2017-18 and then 27.7 last season. He was also averaging 29.6 this season before the league suspended play.

Additionally, he really showed the league what he is all about last season. In addition to the 27.7 points per game, he averaged 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists. He also led the Milwaukee Bucks to a league-best 60-22 record and won the league’s MVP award. 

Here are his other career accomplishments, in addition to winning last season’s MVP. 

  • Four-time All-Star
  • Three-time All-NBA Team honoree
  • Two-time All-Defensive Team honoree 
  • 2016-17 Most Improved Player
  • Career averages of 20 points per game, 8.9 rebounds, and 4.3 assists

With Antetokounmpo only being 25 years old, he has a chance to only improve throughout the rest of his career. That is pretty scary to think about.

He is a big fan of MTV and specifically The Challenge

Through tweets and a post-game interview, Antetokounmpo has mentioned how big of a fan he is of reality television several times. Antetokounmpo gave this response after being asked about his plans for the All-Star break last season. 

“I’m going to sleep all day tomorrow, wake up, get some breakfast, shower, and lay on the couch and watch some MTV,” Antetokounmpo said, according to ESPN. “I like some drama shows. Kardashians, [Ex] on the Beach, Are You the One, [The Challenge], stuff like that, I love drama.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Antetokounmpo has also tweeted about The Challenge several times. The television show’s Twitter account tweeted out a trailer for the new season on March 18. Antetokounmpo then responded tweeting, “As long as @johnnybananas makes it to the final and you guys don’t get rid of him in the first couple of episodes again.”

He also tweeted this before the season premiere on April 1.

The Challenge has been on MTV for over 20 years. Reality television stars from various shows compete against each other in extreme challenges on it. They also politic and use the competitions to try to get other competitors eliminated. This is so they can ultimately win a cash prize at the end of the season. Additionally, the contestants are cut off from the world. The show forces them to live in a house together when they are not competing in the competitions.

There is also a podcast with a former contestant as a co-host called Challenge Mania. The other co-host, Scott Yager recently posted a picture with Antetokounmpo on his Instagram. In the photo, Antetokounmpo is holding up a shirt that says, “I’m a Challenge Maniac.” 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has also followed The Challenge

Believe it or not, Antetokounmpo is not the only NBA star to watch The Challenge. The NBA’s all-time scoring leader, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote a piece about it for The Hollywood Reporter in March 2019. The article is titled, “What MTV’s ‘The Challenge’ Says About Modern Culture.” Abdul-Jabbar detailed the good things that The Challenge says “about the culture that supports it.” He also detailed some bad things.

“Most of the athletic competitions these contestants endure are no joke,” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote. “They are torturous and sadistic versions of Survivor games. They require stamina, strength, and fortitude of will. Even though most of the guys look like big-muscled, six-packed Calvin Klein underwear models and most of the women look like hard-bodied yoga instructors, the outcome of any challenge is rarely predictable, even if one team is significantly bigger or more athletic than the other. Willpower, puzzles and trivia questions sometimes neutralize the contest.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

He was also very critical of some of the contestants. He wrote, “the pressure of competition and household drama occasionally bring out the worst in the rest. Sexism seems embedded. Although they make a public show of treating women as equals, the men are generally dismissive of them as competitors and as people.”

There are certainly some good things and some bad things about the show, just like many other shows. However, with sports not being played for the time being, and with The Challenge’s new season just premiering on April 1, Antetokounmpo, Abdul-Jabbar, and others can now fully embrace watching other types of competitors compete at a high level.