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Giannis Antetokounmpo Featured in New Documentary Series

July 24, 2020

NEW YORK – A five-part documentary series on the life story of Greek NBA All-Star Milwaukee Buck Giannis Antetokounmpo begins on Thursday, July 23, 8 PM EDT, presented by the Bleacher Report (BR) as part of the NBA on TNT.

The first part, The Arena: Giannis and Identity, explores Antetokounmpo's life in Greece and his rise to superstardom in the NBA, BR reported.

Antetokounmpo was born and raised in Athens, Greece, to Nigerian immigrants and as noted in the film, he did not obtain a Greek passport until a few weeks before he left for the United States for the 2013 NBA draft.

In the film, Antetokounmpo discusses the difficulty of growing up in Greece, “It was tough … Being Black in a country of white people. There's going to be times where you feel like you're not who you are … I was born here. I've never been to Nigeria … I went to Greek school … Until I was 18, I never left the country, so Greece was all I knew.”

Antetokounmpo added, “You go to a lot neighborhoods, and you face a lot of negativity, racism,” BR reported.

Nicknamed “The Greek Freak,” Antetokounmpo was drafted 15th overall by the Bucks and soon became the NBA’s top player, BR reported.

He was named NBA MVP in 2019, averaging 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals per game, BR reported, adding that “the three-time All-NBA selection and four-time All-Star could be well on his way to repeating with averages of 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.0 block and 1.0 steal per game this season.”

Antetokounmpo’s inspiring story is a moving one and shows above all, his love and dedication to family. He says in the film, “This is not just for me. I got six people behind me,” referring to his family, BR reported.

The video is available on YouTube.

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