AP FILE - In this March 6, 2020, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) knocks down Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. One of Antetokounmpoβ€™s brothers says the Bucks starβ€™s social media was hacked, causing a series of bizarre and offensive tweets to come from that account. The Bucks and Octagon, the agency that represents the reigning MVP, confirmed the hacking. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File) Color
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.
ASTORIA – The Pancyprian Choir of NY held its first meeting of 2022 and shared best wishes for the New Year with their annual cutting of the traditional vasilopita at Dionysos Taverna in Astoria on January 24.
BRONX, NY – In a festive atmosphere, the traditional cutting of the vasilopita was held by the Northern Chios Society of Pelineon Agia Markella in the community hall of Zoodohos Peghe Greek Orthodox Church in the Bronx on January 23.
ATHENS – A major snow storm that had been predicted for days still caught residents in Greece offguard and the New Democracy government scrambling for answers as to why motorists were stuck for hours on major roads.
PITTSBURGH — A 50-year-old bridge spanning a ravine collapsed in Pittsburgh early Friday, requiring rescuers to rappel nearly 150 feet (46 meters) while others formed a human chain to reach occupants of a dangling bus.
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