Around here, most everyone knows the story of Giannis Antetokounmpo, from his hardscrabble childhood in Athens to NBA superstardom in Milwaukee. But the rest of the country only recently learned how to (sort of) pronounce his last name, so it’s safe to say many people probably still aren’t totally familiar with the Greek Freak’s unique background, upbringing and personal life, even if they see his extraordinary highlights on TV every night.
On Sunday night, "60 Minutes," the esteemed investigative television news program, will tell a national audience the inspiring Giannis story. The film crew spent some time in Milwaukee a couple weeks ago talking to Antetokounmpo about his humble beginnings and basketball journey with the Bucks.
In the interview with Steve Kroft, the charismatic Antetokounmpo opens up about his life in Athens, his family and selling trinkets on the street as a kid, saying he was "the best" salesman because he "wouldn’t give up." When asked if he’s still like that, Antetokounmpo says, "Persistent in life? I think yes. I am. I'm going to do something until I get it right."
Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo tells 60 Minutes about selling trinkets on Athens streets to help his family and how that persistence has propelled him in the NBA. Steve Kroft reports, Sunday. https://t.co/U61lo3R8Ey pic.twitter.com/jhCX1pl2ZS — 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) March 22, 2018
This week’s "60 Minutes" special with Antetokounmpo is Sunday, March 25 at 6 p.m. CT on CBS.
Born in Milwaukee but a product of Shorewood High School (go ‘Hounds!) and Northwestern University (go ‘Cats!), Jimmy never knew the schoolboy bliss of cheering for a winning football, basketball or baseball team. So he ditched being a fan in order to cover sports professionally - occasionally objectively, always passionately. He's lived in Chicago, New York and Dallas, but now resides again in his beloved Brew City and is an ardent attacker of the notorious Milwaukee Inferiority Complex.
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