WATCH: Giannis and Jabari prank Bucks rookie Sterling Brown
One of the many, many, many reasons we love Giannis Antetokounmpo is – when he's not mercilessly dunking on dudes' heads, stink-facing defenses into oblivion and steamrolling past superstars up the list of the NBA's best players – he's a goofy, grinning, gangly Greek who laughs at his own dad jokes, lip-syncs Justin Bieber songs and does everything, on and off the court, with a kind of unadulterated, lighthearted joyousness that makes it humanly impossible not to smile at him.
Giannis seems to be a genuinely nice guy. But he does love pranks. And, as the league's second-leading scorer and top All-Star vote-getter, Antetokounmpo has earned the right to demand a little prima donna celebrity treatment – especially from rookies.
So, when Giannis tells you he needs towels in his seat every game, you damn well better do your rookie duties. Otherwise, as he says in a phenomenal Instagram video pranking first-year teammate Sterling Brown, "This is what you get."
Behold, the great jape of the Greek Freak:
What's great about this video, besides the simple pleasure of watching popcorn pour out the doors of Brown's Mercedes SUV – filling a rookie's car with popcorn is a classic NBA prank that's victimized Dion Waiters, Kent Bazemore, Rudy Gobert and others – is how Giannis starts out acting super hard, sounding like a mob boss, lecturing into the camera and scolding Brown about needing towels "after every game!" And then, seconds later, he's dancing and jumping around, screaming and singing and so, so proud of himself, as a beaming Jabari Parker merrily throws popcorn to him from out of the sunroof like it's a championship parade.
The Bucks posted a longer, even more delightful video on Twitter:
The best part is when Brown says, "You over there eating it," and Parker responds perfectly, "I'm trying to help you get it out of your car, bro." Teamwork!
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Giannis is the best. And Parker, who's been out almost a year recovering from a torn ACL and is expected to return in February, looks healthy and happy!
Naturally, Brown concludes the experience by planning to pay the prank forward.
"I can't wait til my rookies come in," he says. "Ooh, I can't wait."
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