President Barack Obama tries to pronounce Giannis Antetokounmpo's name in Greece

United States President Barack Obama is on his final international trip before leaving the Oval Office, and, during a speech in Athens, Greece, he gave a shoutout to the Greek Freak.

"Greek or American, we're all cheering for Giannis Antetokounmpo," Obama said, "who seems to be getting better each year."

Obama received cheers after saying Antetokounmpo's name, and it's unclear whether those in attendance were thrilled about the mere mention of his name or congratulating Obama on pronouncing it correctly. See for yourself:

There was a little pause in the middle there, but that was excellent.

The President's assessment, by the way, is right on the money. Antetokounmpo has made significant strides every season since being drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013, and the 21-year-old is on track to make his first All-Star appearance this season. In this season's first nine games, he is averaging 21.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.1 blocks and 2.0 steals while shooting 52 percent.

CBS Sports Writer

James Herbert is somewhat fond of basketball, feature writing and understatements. A former season-ticket holder for the expansion Toronto Raptors, Herbert does not think the NBA was better back in the... Full Bio

Our Latest Stories