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Dallas Mavericks' Kostas Antetokounmpo: 'I told Giannis I'm gonna try to bust his a–'

On a scorching night in Las Vegas, where temperatures rest comfortably above 100 degrees at midnight, Dallas Mavericks rookie Kostas Antetokounmpo is having chills. Standing in a hall that leads to the court at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center , Antetokounmpo has just finished his first NBA game.

It was a 92-85 summer league loss to No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns. Antetokounmpo didn’t receive much playing time. A late rebound putback gave him his lone points of the game. But none of that mattered in the moment. “I was a little nervous,” he said, as an innocent smirk emerges. “I feel like every first game is like that. But this one was special, you know? To get to wear an NBA jersey, it’s a dream come true.”

That dream is part of a family business that was born in Athens and mainstreamed in the States. Antetokounmpo is the newest neophyte in the NBA’s fraternity within a fraternity: blood brothers playing in the league . There’s Stephen and Seth Curry. Pau and Marc Gasol. Justin, Jrue and Aaron Holiday. Brook and Robin Lopez. Marcus and Markieff Morris. Mason, Miles and Marshall Plumlee. Tyler, Luke and Cody Zeller. And now there’s Kostas and his brother Giannis “The Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. It’s unclear whether Antetokounmpo will land on the Mavericks’ opening-night roster when the season opens.