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Giannis Antetokounmpo Expecting Second Child

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Antetokounmpo pictured during a game with the Milwaukee Bucks. Credit: Keith Allison /Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 2.0

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greek-Nigerian basketball icon, is expecting another baby according to his partner’s instagram on Wednesday.

Mariah Riddlesprigger, Antetokounmpo’s long-term girlfriend and mother of his first child, a boy named Liam, announced that they are expecting a second baby.

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In a touching instagram post on Riddlesprigger’s Instagram, she announced that she and Antetokounmpo are expecting while celebrating the birthday of their son, Liam, and showing her heavily pregnant figure.

In the caption of the post, she casually made the announcement by saying:

“Oh and I forgot to mention baby #2 is on the way and I’m in for even more life lessons! My kids are my biggest blessing and my greatest lesson!

“I am accomplishing my dreams and raising some babies along the way! Liam and Baby #2, thank you for giving me purpose! 💛”

The happy couple

Antetokounmpo has risen to great fame not only across Greece but the worldwide basketball community as well. He plays for the Milwaukee Bucks, a member of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

He has received many accolades throughout his basketball career, including being one of the youngest NBA players ever when he made his debut in 2013 at 18 years old.

His dazzling basketball skills earned him the nickname “Greek Freak”, and he is one of only three players in history to win two MVP awards before the age of 26.

His girlfriend and mother of his children, Riddlesprigger, is an ex-volleyball player. Her father also used to be a basketball player, having played for Fresno State University in his youth.

Three Antetokounmpo brothers

Giannis, Thanasis and Kostas Antetokounmpo became the second-ever brother trio to appear in an NBA game in April 2021. The game, between the Bucks and the Lakers, took place at the Los Angeles Staples Center, and the visitors won 112-97.

“Just being on the same court while our mom is having her phone and videotaping the whole thing. I think it’s priceless,” Giannis said postgame.

“This moment, just seeing the guys that I grew up with and we slept in the same bed and we were looking at the ceiling and imagining if we were ever going to play in the NBA, if we ever were going to make it,” he said.

Giannis Antetokounmpo finished the game with 25 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals while the eldest among the trio, Thanasis, finished with eight points, two steals and a rebound.

The Antetokounmpo brothers grew up in the Athens neighborhood of Sepolia.

In 2007, Giannis started playing basketball, and was playing competitively for the youth squad of Filathlitikos by 2009.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo was named to the senior Nigerian men’s national team training camp preliminary list for the 2016 Rio Olympics. He declined the offer, choosing instead to play with the senior Greek national team.

Kostas Antetokounmpo is a younger brother of basketball players Giannis and Thanasis, and the older brother of Alex.

The touching post where Riddlesprigger announced her and Antetokounmpo’s first baby, named Liam, can be found here.

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