Milwaukee taco joint apologizes for being too busy to serve Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo is easy to miss. Surely, there are tons of Greek Freaks walking around Milwaukee. It’s not like his blend of size and skill is so rare, even in an NBA full of 7-footers, that he’s an internationally recognized superstar at age 23. And it’s definitely not like he just won Game 4 for the Milwaukee Bucks with a last-minute tip-in or anything. He’s just another guy trying to get some tacos.

So, it’s understandable that, in the hours after his heroics tied their first-round playoff series, Milwaukee’s BelAir Cantina made him wait with the rest of the Dudes Who Didn’t Just Save The Bucks:

That’s right. A little over an hour after he scored 27 points against the Boston Celtics, a little over a mile from where his tip-in with five seconds left breathed life back into the Bucks, Antetokounmpo wanted some tacos. Only, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a manager informed him that they were too busy to find him a seat right away. After waiting some time, Giannis left, taco-less.

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According to Twitter user @MoSokanhe, who was at the scene, customers were frantically trying to give up their seats to get Antetokounmpo a table, as you’d expect in Milwaukee. But Giannis, a true man of the people, did not scream, “Can your man get some tacos for being a basketball god?” He left.

Giannis then went up the street for pizza:

Realizing the error of their ways — turning away the best thing to happen to Bucks basketball since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar without even offering a bag full of free Zihuatanejo Shrimp and Ninja Pig tacos — BelAir Cantina tried to make the best of a bad situation, offering to hold a table for him after Thursday’s Game 6 in Milwaukee and even provide free tacos for Bucks fans if they can win in six.

That didn’t stop fans from flooding BelAir Cantina’s Yelp page with negative reviews. Thankfully, for the restaurant’s sake, Antetokounmpo doesn’t appear to be harboring any ill will for the taco joint, since his girlfriend later posted a picture of a smiling Giannis thanking BelAir Cantina for its support.

It’s a good thing, too, because after fellow All-Star Kevin Durant told ESPN of the Greek Freak earlier on Sunday, “He’s not going to stay in Milwaukee if he’s not having fun playing the game,” we know where the first fingers would have pointed if he ever did leave the only NBA city he’s known. Because waiting for tacos in Milwaukee when you’re Bucks legend Giannis Antetokounmpo is decidedly not fun.

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BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 27: Giannis Antetokounmpo shakes hands with NBA Commissioner, David Stern after being selected number fifteen overall by the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2013 NBA Draft on June 27, 2013 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 27: Giannis Antetokounmpo poses for a portrait after being selected during the 2013 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 27, 2013 in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dec 11, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reaches for a rebound during the fourth quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at BMO Harris Bradley Center. San Antonio won 109-77. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 20, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the basket against New York Knicks forward Quincy Acy (4) in the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 3, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives past New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith (8) in the 4th quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 3, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Knight (11) celebrates withy guard Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and center Zaza Pachulia (27) after shooting the game-winning three point basket in the final seconds against the New York Knicks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Bucks beat the Knicks 101-98. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 12, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots the ball as Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) defends in the fourth quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots in the fourth quarter against the Washington Wizards at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 30, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks in the third quarter during the game against the Denver Nuggets at BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Bucks beat the Nuggets 92-74. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
December 18, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Brandon Rush (4) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 23, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) defends Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) in the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 23, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts after scoring a basket in the second quarter during the game against the Houston Rockets at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 3, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) looks to pass against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) in the second quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 18, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dribbles the ball past Toronto Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll (5) in the first quarter in game two of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Greek basketball players, brothers Thanassis (L) and Giannis (R) Antetokounmpo attend an event at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Greece, June 24, 2017. Picture taken June 24, 2017. REUTERS/Michalis Karagiannis
Oct 20, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks the basket in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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