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Aussie TV Host Absolutely Butchers The Names of Giannis Antetokounmpo And Damian Lillard

Aussie TV Host Absolutely Butchers The Names of Giannis Antetokounmpo And Damian Lillard

Come on mate, do your homework.

Basil Zempilas has had an absolute shocker and Aussie NBA fans aren't holding back.

Basketball fanatics from Down Under have gone to town on the 7News presenter after he butchered the names of two of the biggest NBA stars on the planet.

While wrapping up all the overnight action from the Walt Disney World bubble, the veteran anchor completely mispronounced the names of reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard.

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Talking about Giannis' recent headbutt, Zempilas said: "One of the NBA's biggest stars is in hot water on the eve of the playoffs, Giannis An-te-toka-toma-too was ejected for headbutting during the Bucks penultimate regular season game against the Wizards."

And he wasn't done there.

To top it off, the 7News presenter somehow managed to stuff up the pronunciation of Lillard's name too.

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"Portland's Damian Lill-i-ard scored a remarkable 61 points to get the Blazers over the line," Zempilas said.

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Unsurprisingly, disturbed fans flocked to social media following the on-air blunder.

NBA duo Lillard (left) and Antetokounmpo (right). Credit: PA
NBA duo Lillard (left) and Antetokounmpo (right). Credit: PA

ESPN basketball reporter Olgun Uluc tweeted: "This man really called him Giannis AN-te-TOKA-toma-TOO... and then made Dame a French man. Heaven help us."

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While Fantasy Basketball analyst Josh Lloyd simply reshared the video, saying, "Embarrassing."

But it appears this isn't the first time Zempilas has made a pig's ear of athlete names.

In a thread on Twitter, one eagle-eyed fan posted an old clip of the TV host making a mess of Kyrie Irving's name as well as Aussie Matthew Dellavedova's.

You had one job. Also, who knew Kyrie was eligible for the Boomers?

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Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@mattgiorgi9

Topics: Television, Basketball, NBA, Funny, Video, Social Media, Twitter, watch, TV, Australia

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Max Sherry

Max Sherry is a journalist for SPORTbible Australia. After migrating Down Under from London as a teenager, he instantly fell in love with Aussie sport and its culture. From NRL to AFL, cricket to rugby — you name it, Max watches it (with a beer in hand, of course). During his time at Fox Sports, he worked in the football department covering the Premier League, A-League, Socceroos and Matildas. Born a stone's throw away from West Ham's training ground, Max is obviously a die-hard Liverpool fan.