No. 34 in your program; No. 1 in your heart.
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo holds that spot for many NBA fans. He’s the two-time reigning MVP and a four-time NBA All-Star that the league can’t seem to guard. He’s made the Bucks a perennial playoff franchise.
Born in Athens, Greece, Antetokounmpo comes from a basketball family. He has three brothers who play professionally, including two in the NBA. Since Milwaukee selected him 15th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, Antetokounmpo has put his name right next to the likes of LeBron James and Steph Curry.
The Greek Freak may hold a special place in the hearts of NBA fans, but who’s carved out the special place in his? That title belongs to Mariah Danae Riddlesprigger.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Girlfriend Mariah Riddlesprigger
Athletics run in the Riddlesprigger family. Her father Pat Riddlesprigger played basketball for Fresno State University in the late 80s and early 90s. Mariah excelled as a volleyball player. She was the team captain and MVP of her California high school team as a senior and went on to play for Rice University. She has two sisters: Maya and Makayla.
According to Mariah’s LinkedIn page, she graduated with a degree in sports management and sociology in 2014. She worked as a basketball operations intern for the Philadelphia 76ers from May 2015 to June 2016.
It’s unclear exactly how the two crossed paths. Nonetheless, sparks flew and the couple has been together for roughly three years. The professional basketball player made a point to take her to his home country of Greece and introduce her to the culture.
The two love to have fun together. For Valentine’s Day in 2018, Giannis gave her a NSFW red bell and filmed her reaction on Instagram Live. Let’s just say she wasn’t exactly thrilled to be featured in it.
“The Freak, he can be a freak on the court and on the sheets, you know what I’m saying?!” Giannis said. Get this man a feature on Usher’s next album.
Giannis’ Son: Liam Charles Antetokounmpo
Mariah announced her pregnancy on social media in October 2019. Giannis jokingly commented, “Who’s the father?” The two-time NBA MVP is making a case for MVBCP (Most Valuable Busting Chops Player).
The couple welcomed a baby boy named Liam Charles Antetokounmpo on February 10, 2020. The superstar made the announcement via social media.
Antetokounmpo vowed his new line of Nike Zoom Freaks will come in baby sizes. The NBA star was able to enjoy quality time with his son during the coronavirus (COVID-19) hiatus.
When the NBA season restarted in Orlando, family and children weren’t allowed until the second round of the postseason. But after the Bucks beat the Orlando Magic to square off against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals, NBA players were allowed to welcome family members.
Giannis, of course, picked Riddlesprigger and Liam. The Nigerian-Greek basketball player regularly posts pics of his son on Instagram (@giannis_an34). He places the sunglasses emoji over Liam’s eyes to shade him from the spotlight.
The Antetokounmpo Brothers in the NBA
The Greek Freak’s personal life took a pause while the Bucks pursued a championship in the NBA Bubble. Milwaukee fell to the Heat in five games in the second round of the playoffs. Giannis suffered an ankle injury Game 3, causing him to miss a majority of Game 4 and all of Game 5.
If Giannis and the Bucks could’ve pulled out the series victory and beat either the Boston Celtics or Toronto Raptors in the Conference Finals to face the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals; not only would we have witnessed the top-two MVP finishers square off, it would’ve turned into an Antetokounmpo showdown.
Giannis’ older brother — Thanasis — is his teammate on the Bucks. Their younger brother —Kostas — is a forward with the Lakers.