There’s no doubt at all that Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the most exciting players in the NBA today. The “Greek Freak” played a pivotal, defining role in the Milwaukee Bucks’ stunning Finals win in 2021. The Bucks could never have done it without their two-time League MVP. However, Giannis endured incredible hardships to reach these lofty heights.
So today, we’re going to look back at 25 obstacles and challenges Giannis overcame on his road to superstardom. Of course, there is the inspiring story of his struggles on the streets of Athens. But there were also the challenges he faced when he entered the NBA and how he became stronger. Check out the list via Niskanen Center and Marca below.
One of the most remarkable aspects of Giannis’s upbringing is the remarkable poverty his family endured. After arriving in Greece from Nigeria, they had to work extremely hard to survive. Giannis didn’t dream of becoming a professional basketball player because life was so tough. He worked as a street seller alongside his brothers in the dusty heat of Athens.
Many American basketball stars rise from tough places. However, they understood that the NBA is a possibility if they maximize their talents. There are scouts at every level of the game in the U.S. but Giannis never had the same exposure. Finally, when he came to the sport, his abilities spoke for themselves. Scouts watched him because of his reputation. There was nobody else to see.