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Team Giannis's captain, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, dunks the ball against Team LeBron during the second half of the NBA All-Star basketball game on All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Antetokounmpo, known as the Greek Freak, scored a game-high 38 points but Team LeBron rallied in the end for a 178-164 victory.
Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks is the highest-paid European player in the NBA for the 2018-19 season according to a survey published by Forbes, which also includes estimates for off-court earnings.
According to Forbes, "The Greek Freak," who ranks seventh on the list, earned an estimated 43.2 million dollars this season.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (c) of Greece is surrounded by the Brooklyn Nets defense in the first half of the NBA basketball game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Monday. Antetokounmpo flirted with a triple-double as he helped his team dominate the Nets. [EPA]
NBA team Cleveland Cavaliers' Turkish forward Cedi Osman has set a new career record by scoring 29 points against Miami Heat on Friday.
An Istanbul prosecutor has applied for an Interpol "red notice" to be issued for Turkish NBA player Enes Kanter for his links to FETÖ, the group that is widely believed to have orchestrated the failed coup attempt of 2016.
Turkish Basketball Federation (TBF) chief and former NBA player Hidayet Türkoğlu has rebuked New York Knicks center Enes Kanter's remarks on Turkey as a "smear campaign."