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Giannis Antetokounmpo meets NBA inspiration Allen Iverson

The NBA regular season is back underway after the All-Star break but there was a moment during that entertainment that left the Bucks man starstruck.

Giannis Antetokounmpo meets his NBA inspiration
Kyle TeradaUSA TODAY Sports

We're now into the final quarter of the season and eyes are already focused on the remaining games that will determine how the NBA Playoffs look. But it was just over a week ago when we were watching the All-Stars strut their stuff and a new video popped up showing just how the greats can influence future greats.

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On the court on that weekend of entertainment - here's what went down if you missed it - Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo showed more of what he's made of, still in with a serious shout for MVP, of course. And it was the Greek Freak who had a surprise encounter with the man who he says was the reason he plays basketball, Allen Iverson.

"Allen Iverson!" Giannis says to the camera, with the excitement of a young kid seeing a hero. "I started playing basketball because of you," he shared with the man himself, having to repeat the message to ensure it had been taken in.

Iverson, who was selected 1st pick overall in the 1996 draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, playing a decade there before having short spell with the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies, before returning to Philly for another year in 2009, handled the praise as cool as you like.

"I appreciate it, baby," he replied.

Giannis continues, "I don't want to bother you. I just wanted to tell you that.

"I watched your story, I watched your documentary. You said, 'I play basketball because of MJ.' I started playing basketball because of YOU!" And that last word was really emphasized.

What a moment.


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