My Father's Brothers
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With sad regularity, it seems someone comes to the site looking for \"the word\" for some very specific relationship. Recently, it was What is the English word for husband of the daughter of my brother. This morning there is Question Regarding Relationships, asking \"how someone calls the person whom their husbands are biological brothers\"
Editor's note: This story was originally published on March 6, 2020. \"Rise,\" the triumphant real-life story about the remarkable family that produced the first trio of brothers to become NBA champions is streaming now on Disney+.
ALEX ANTETOKOUNMPO THOUGHT he'd had a good game. The senior forward for Dominican High School and youngest of the four basketball-playing Antetokounmpo brothers had posted 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists in a 20-point victory over Mequon Homestead High School on Dec. 7.
\"I'll tell you one thing, it's hard to be Alex,\" Giannis said. \"It's hard to have three brothers get drafted. He wants to get drafted, but he's got to get better every day. There's going to be down days, there's going to be hard days, it's going to be days that he doesn't have confidence, but that's where we step in and say, 'Hey, you're going to be good, keep working hard. Keep your head up. You're going to be really good.'\"
Alex can't escape the watchful eye of his superstar brother, especially not when they share the same home. The two brothers live with their mother, Veronica, along with Giannis' girlfriend, Mariah Riddlesprigger, and the couple's newborn child, Liam Charles Antetokounmpo. The baby gets his middle name from Antetokounmpo's late father, Charles, who was instrumental in establishing the work ethic that drives the brothers today.
For the brothers, success isn't measured in wins and losses, even though Giannis, Thanasis and Kostas play for the two winningest teams in the NBA this season. Living up to their father's legacy remains the primary goal. From the oldest brother, Francis, a retired soccer player who makes his home in Greece, to Alex, a high school senior in suburban Milwaukee with the bright basketball future, that means supporting and leading one another to greater success.
In the locker room, Giannis sat in a daze, with his size-17 right foot planted in a big, blue ice bucket. Coming off his MVP season in 2018-19, Giannis had opened this year by fouling out in back-to-back games. While the other Bucks gave Giannis space after the loss, Thanasis rolled his chair over and consoled his brother in Greek. The two brothers and teammates conversing in their native language has become a common occurrence in the Bucks' locker room.
Thanasis, Giannis, Kostas and Alex were all born in Greece after Charles and Veronica emigrated from Nigeria when Charles' professional soccer career ended. Francis, the oldest Antetokounmpo brother, stayed behind in Lagos with his grandparents and eventually followed in his father's footsteps as a pro soccer player.
The four other brothers have found success in a different sport. But before they became NBA players, Thanasis and Giannis sold CDs, DVDs, glasses and watches on the street in Greece to help supplement the family's meager income. Charles worked as a handyman, and while life wasn't easy for the family, he always tried to set a positive example for his children.
Nearly three years after Charles' death, the brothers do everything they can to live up to the example their father set for them. They're in contact every day thanks to a lively group chat where they give one another advice about basketball and life.
After a disappointing Game 1 loss to the Boston Celtics in last season's Eastern Conference semifinals, Giannis got a call from Thanasis, who was in the midst of a championship EuroLeague run in Greece playing for Panathinaikos. Kostas sat next to Giannis as the brothers spoke for at least an hour and a half on speakerphone. The older brother urged Giannis to \"be more aggressive.\"
They've made sure they instill that same work ethic in Alex. The family sees limitless potential in the youngest Antetokounmpo brother, who checks in at 6-foot-8 and 200 pounds at 18 years old. The older brothers do everything they can to make sure that potential doesn't go to waste.
\"I took him to the [Bucks'] practice facility around like 1 a.m. where he probably ran for hours,\" Giannis said. \"It's not about having a good game, it's about your effort. That's what I try to show my brothers, and that's what Thanasis tried to show us. So if your effort is not there, I'll go crazy.\"
BEFORE THE LAKERS and Bucks faced off at Fiserv Forum on Dec. 19, Giannis, Thanasis and Kostas all met on the court during pregame warm-ups. It was a rare opportunity for the three brothers to be together during the regular season.
\"This is unique, we can't take this for granted,\" Giannis told Kostas on the court before the game. \"We were three brothers under the same roof, going through the same game, going through our pregame warm-up. We're blessed and we've got to keep working hard and keep being thankful and earn more on the court.\"
Once the final buzzer sounded after Milwaukee's 111-104 win, the brothers swapped jerseys on the court with huge smiles on their faces. Despite claiming the NBA's best record that night, Giannis didn't bask in glory.
Instead, he dressed quickly in the locker room and darted to the arena's kids' room for a private family reunion with his girlfriend, his mother and his brothers -- almost forgetting his media obligations. Giannis wouldn't reveal what the family talked about in private, but once he emerged to meet with the media, he spoke about his humble beginnings, saying that night, \"At the end of the day, I realize and my family realizes that I'm not supposed to be here.\"
When the Bucks and Lakers meet again Friday in Los Angeles (10:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App), the game will serve as far more than a potential NBA Finals preview. It'll be a reminder of all that these brothers have accomplished -- but it will be bittersweet without Charles there to see it.
\"For some reason, I feel like he knew this was going to happen,\" Thanasis said of the family's NBA success. \"I don't know how, but he just knew and he just always believed in his kids, and him and my mom always had hope. So my thing is that we are my father's legacy. Not what we do. We are the legacy, and Liam is Giannis' legacy, and then it goes on.\"
Assalamu alaikum, very nice post ummibraheem, and very informative too. I know you can get overwhelmed with the questions the brothers and sisters keep asking, but you will be doing a great service to the Ummah if you can help them by replying when you are clear about the questions.
In the specific case I have in mind, a man was unjust with his wife. The family loved her and her faith so much that they were devastated by the prospect of losing her, so they asked the brother to allow them to propose a marriage between the woman her hurt (and divorced) and one of his brothers, so that she would remain united with the family. He accepted. Is it halal to accept such a proposal Is it perhaps, not recommended This is a question, truly, for an expert, I suppose. I would be extremely grateful if, for the sake of my deen, and the deen of the entire family, you could help me to connect with a scholar to pose this question.
Assalamu alaikum,i know that my fathers sisters sons are not my mahram, but i would like to know are my fathers brothers sons my mahram or notAlhamdulillah ,i do hijaab from both of the groups but i am not sure about the latter cousins. Just wanted to confirm. Jazakallah
There is no inconsistency. Grand is always used for \"parent of a parent\". Beyond that, great- and grand- mean the same thing. Your grandfather's brother is your great-uncle, grand-uncle, or granduncle.
When it comes to aunts and uncles by marriage - the spouse of your parent's brother or sister - one might use \"uncle-in-law\" but (as a native American English speaker) this seems silly and would likely be something I would only do when joking or teasing that person... and it still doesn't solve the problem of whether it's your father's or mother's sibling's spouse.
While constructions like \"father's sister's husband\" or \"paternal uncle by marriage\" express the technical relationship, they are not commonly used. Rather, to refer to a particular one of their own uncles, most people would probably use uncle + first name (or nickname) or some other characteristic (e.g. place of residence \"my uncle from Arizona\").
In Anglophone Canada, it's normal to refer to the father's brother as \"funcle\", mother's brother as \"muncle\", father's sister as \"faunt\" and mother's sister as \"maunt\". In Francophone Canada, the corresponding terms are \"poncle\", \"moncle\", \"p'tante\" and \"m'tante\". Although the gender neutral \"zbibi\" is gaining ground.
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In determining paternity between two full brothers, is it possible to rule myself out as the father only testing myself and the child It would not be possible at this time to test the other brother or the mother.
I am in a situation where the suspected fathers of a male child are closely related cousins (Sisters of one family slept with the brothers of another family and each sister produced one of the suspected fathers) and their DNA Y profiles are identical to the male half of the male child.
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