It's not easy balancing being a father and playing pro basketball, but it's something that Fred VanVleet seems to excel at. The 25-year-old recently got props from Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo for his rise to prominence following the birth of his first son Fred Jr. during the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Antetokounmpo, who recently became a father himself, told ESPN that he plans to model himself after the Raptors player.
The Milwaukee player welcomed his son into the world on Monday, missing his game against the Sacramento Kings. However, when it comes to the game, Antetokounmpo admitted that he wants to be on the court as much as possible while working on being both a dad and a pro-baller, something that VanVleet is very adapted to.
"Look at Fred VanVleet, he started making all those shots when he had his kid. Maybe that happens to me also. Who knows?" Antetokounmpo revealed.
It's not surprising that Antetokounmpo would remember VanVleet's performance — after all, he was there to witness it firsthand.
Nevertheless, the NBA MVP doesn't appear bitter over the Raptors' winning streak, but rather it seems he's hoping some of VanVleet's magic fatherhood powers will rub off on him.
It's easy to forget how miraculous a shift VanVleet's game took after the birth of his son.
The player racked up a whopping 21 points during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Fred, who had been struggling in the series, became an entirely different player that night, and he's held onto that moment ever since.
However, as far as VanVleet's new skills being directly linked to fatherhood, well, that's debatable.
Especially when you consider that he was already a father before his big moment.
He and his wife Shontai Neal welcomed baby girl Sanaa back in January of 2018.
Back in September, VanVleet opened up about how his family has grown to call Toronto their home.
"We love it here. My kids love it. My daughter is a dual citizen. I definitely could see myself living here for a long, long time."
"Canada is really like a second home for us. This has grown into a place that we love to be."