NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo had the option to move to the West coast years ago, but he opted to stay in Milwaukee instead for a large sum of cash.
Looking back, it may have been the best decision of his career.
As the Greek Freak would say in a chat with a TMZ reporter, he's not a fan of Los Angeles and its highly expensive cost of living.
TMZ posted footage of Antetokounmpo and his family leaving Catch in Los Angeles on Wednesday, and while the Milwaukee Bucks star told the reporter the food was good, he added that the price tag was a bit on the high side.
"Expensive, expensive," Antetokounmpo said. "This city's not for me."
It's not quite the postseason meal he took in last year, when Antetokounmpo, trophies in hand, famously drove through a Chick-fil-A with a very specific order one day after winning the NBA championship.
It's definitely not the popular opinion. In fact, Los Angeles is very attractive to star athletes thanks to the warm weather, populated neighborhoods, and vibrant nightlife.
Giannis just isn't about it though, and his feelings now are the same as they were back in 2018:
"I could never see myself being out there. It's great for two, three days but it's a little bit — things are going a little bit crazy. Of course, because of the All-Star Game, there was a lot of people there. … In Milwaukee — I love Milwaukee — it's low-key. I can walk down the road, down the streets without anybody bugging me — nobody interrupts my conversation or anything. I love how quiet and calm Milwaukee is."
Antetokounmpo is different, and it's part of what makes him special. He likes the calm of Milwaukee and relishes being the underdog as a member of the Bucks.
So, while his peers flock toward the sunny shores of southern California, Giannis is content doing his thing in the city that he loves. So far, it has brought him great success.