But what could Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greek superstar and reigning NBA champion do, Friday night in Feurs?
The Milwaukee Bucks player, one of the best basketball players in the world, was present in the small town of Loire, just 8,000 inhabitants, under the astonished eyes of the spectators present at the Forézium.
Small assembly for lovers of parquet!
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Giánnis Antetokoúnmpo in the Loire for the friendly match @LDLCASVEL / Fos-sur-Mer 🏀
And it's an excluded @ tl7loire! @ Giannis_An34, @enfantsduforez, @ villedefeurs42 pic.twitter.com/12Hpg7D2zd
- Adrien Blettery (@AdBlettery) September 25, 2021
Sold out in front of the lucky 1,300, the pre-season meeting between ASVEL and Fos-sur-Mer (73-80) was the reason for the arrival of the double MVP (best player of the regular season) in 2019 and 2020, which will not begin its season until the night of October 19 to 20 with the Bucks.
Here I have won everything in my life ... I saw Giannis 3 meters from me for a match in Feurs 😍😃 @TrashTalk_fr @ Giannis_An34 pic.twitter.com/za6gbwEzWg
- Omness_JaMeS (@Omness_JaMeS) September 25, 2021
I can die in peace I was just behind @ Giannis_An34 for a feurs match !!!
- Tino Lvt (@TinoLvt) September 24, 2021
A few lucky ones had already been able to see him strolling in the city center of Lyon
The muscular 26-year-old basketball player, son of Nigerian immigrants who arrived in Greece in 1991, was present in Auvergne to support his brother Kostas Antetokounmpo (23), flagship recruit of the club in the Lyon suburbs chaired by Tony Parker, who landed this summer from the Los Angeles Lakers.
The "Greek Freak" was applauded by the audience, and took the time to sign some autographs on the sidelines of the match, the last of ASVEL one week before the start of the Euroleague against Zalgiris Kaunas.
Accompanied in the Forézium by his partner and his son, Liam Charles (1 year), he had already been seen with his family in downtown Lyon, earlier in the day, as reported by Le Progrès.
“I saw him with his wife and baby walking around.
I wondered if it was really him because no one recognized him.
It was him.
He was cool and we talked a bit.
He told me it was nice to put up with him and then he shook my hand, ”explained a delighted student who had been able to pass him while he was going out shopping.
A few weeks ago, NBA player James Harden (Brooklyn Nets) was surprised in Paris ... in full unannounced police control.