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NBA Star ‘Greek Freak’ Recalls ‘Getting Clowned’ For Owning A Google Pixel Instead Of An IPhone 

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By Ananya Gairola

NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo, also known as the “Greek Freak,” recalled an incident that occurred during the All-Star Weekend when he faced ridicule for using Google Pixel instead of an iPhone, leading to an exciting twist in the story.


What Happened: During the 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend, Antetokounmpo, the star athlete who is a member of the Milwaukee Bucks, made an innocent move that sparked an unexpected social media frenzy. 

While capturing the moments of the event with his Google Pixel, little did he know that he was about to become the subject of trolling on the mean streets of Twitter, now rebranded as “X.” 

Giannis Antetokounmpo celebrates with players during the game as part of a promotional event during his visit to China at Beijing Sport University in Beijing, China, on July 9, 2023.  NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo, recalls an event that happened during the All-Star Weekend when he was ridiculed for using a Google Pixel instead of an iPhone. DI YIN/GETTY IMAGES 

The Twitterverse, accustomed to seeing millionaire athletes flaunting their iPhones, pounced on the opportunity to mock Antetokounmpo for his choice of a Google Pixel.

A popular NBA Memes account posted a throwback post about the incident. 

Instead of getting defensive, Antetokounmpo responded with humor, revealing that his Google Pixel choice caught the attention of the tech giant. They saw an opportunity and reached out to him, offering a sponsorship deal to be the face of Google Pixel for the next two years.

Yea of course I remember the night I got clowned for having a Google phone at the All Star Game because right after @GooglePixelFC called me and wanted me to be the face for the next 2 years 😂😂 https://t.co/kvmJVUiRWp

— Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) August 2, 2023

The endorsement deal not only turned the tables on his mockers but also filled Giannis’ pockets with some extra cash. Since then, he has been featured in several Google Pixel commercials, showcasing the phone’s features with his signature charm and style.

Always representing!

— Google Pixel (@GooglePixel_US) August 2, 2023

Why It’s Important: In June, Google launched its “Best Phones Forever” campaign, directly comparing its Pixel phones with the iPhone. 

The campaign highlighted numerous Pixel features absent in iPhones and took a playful jab at Apple’s reluctance to adopt the Rich Communication Services (RCS) protocol and the ongoing infamous blue bubble controversy.

Giannis Antetokounmpo celebrates with players during the game as part of a promotional event during his visit to China at Beijing Sport University in Beijing, China, on July 9, 2023.  NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo, recalls an event that happened during the All-Star Weekend when he was ridiculed for using a Google Pixel instead of an iPhone. DI YIN/GETTY IMAGES 

Last year, it was reported that the popularity of iPhones among smartphone users was reportedly worrying Google to such an extent that the tech giant decided to double down on its hardware, including its Pixel phones.

In May this year, during Google I/O, the annual developer conference, the company introduced Pixel 7a, Pixel Tablet, and Pixel Fold. 

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