Giannis Antetokounmpo is a star for the Milwaukee Bucks. He’s one of the great examples we’ve seen of an extremely rough player with potential being polished into a shining crown jewel.
Of course, Antetokounmpo’s story in NBA circles is somewhat well-known at this point. His parents, Nigerian immigrants to Greece, had him in Athens in 1994. But what many may not know is how poor Antetokounmpo’s family was during his youth, and some of the things they did to survive.
Antetokounmpo sat down for an interview with Steve Kroft on “60 Minutes” this week, and talked about playing basketball with his brothers, his year in the Greek A2 Basket League, and selling wares on the streets of Athens.
In the 14-minute video piece, Antetokounmpo said that he hustled everything from glasses, to watches, to CDs and DVDs.
Growing up, Antetokounmpo said the family had so little money that at one point he and his brother Thanasis had to wear one pair of shoes during games. When Giannis would check out, he would take off the shoes and give them to Thanasis so he could check in.
The whole interview is a fun watch, especially since Antetokounmpo is such a genial, sharp guy. Plus, there’s even mention of the best tweet of all-time.