Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo wants to smoke a cigar like Michael Jordan and celebrate a potential NBA championship in Mykonos.
The Bucks were favourites to win the NBA title before the season was suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Milwaukee owned the best record in the league at 53-12, ahead of LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers, in pursuit of their first title since 1971.
While COVID-19 has halted Milwaukee’s quest, reigning MVP Antetokounmpo is hoping to take the NBA trophy to his native Greece and the party island of Mykonos – channelling Chicago Bulls great Jordan.
“Before all this happened with COVID-19, I was talking about taking the team on a trip to Greece in Mykonos,” Antetokounmpo said via the Athletes Doing Good Radiothon on ESPN.
“Mykonos is one of the best islands in Greece, it’s a party island. You cannot go there with your significant other, you got to be by yourself. It’s got to be a boys’ trip.
“Obviously, we have Santorini, Santorini’s really romantic. It has the best sunset and sunrise in the world. You can take your significant other there.
“I had the opportunity to go last year – I went with [Eric] Bledsoe and Brook [Lopez] to Mykonos – and I was kind of sad I wasn’t able to bring the whole team to experience what we went through.
“So definitely, I think, after we win the championship and we’re holding the trophy and we’re all smoking a cigar like M.J., we can all do that in Mykonos.”
It remains to be seen when, and if, the 2019-20 season will resume following the coronavirus outbreak.
NBA practice facilities have started to re-open this month after the league had targeted no earlier than May 8 for teams to return to their complexes.
Commissioner Adam Silver is reportedly considering the league returning via two locations – Orlando and Las Vegas.