Superstar Giannis a man of the people


Superstar Giannis a man of the people

Milwaukee Bucks power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was unstoppable in the NBA finals winning the MVP award. The Greek-Nigerian superstar took an unlikely path to the NBA, from growing up in poverty in Athens and only learning to play basketball as a teenager while selling trinkets on the street to make ends meet.

And as an undocumented immigrant he was unable to play for the Greek major clubs and was always an outsider and subject to racial abuse.  His breakthrough came in 2013 when he was drafted 15th by the Milwaukee Bucks as a gamble after playing in the Greek 3rd Division.

To underline his greatness Giannis scored an astounding 50 points in Game 6 of the 2021 NBA finals helping the Milwaukee Bucks win their first championship for 50 years.

But he still always has time for fans including this special one.

For the people of Milwaukee, Giannis is one of them according to his biographer Mirin Fader: “There are so many stories that Milwaukeeans have of running into Giannis at a Whole Foods, running into Giannis at Walmart, saying hello, being a normal human. They love the guy.



Who said small markets can’t compete? They just need the right people. #RoleModels #FearTheDeer

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Patrick Skene

Patrick Skene is a founder and Chief Creative Officer of Cultural Pulse. Patrick works with over 100 communities and creates compelling content for clients to engage with them. He is a storyteller, marketer, writer and author of ‘The Big O, The Life & Times of Olsen Filipaina‘ which has gone into reprint. His stories on the intersection of sport, history and culture have been published by The Guardian Australia, the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and Inside Sport. He is currently the proud coach of the Rockdale Raiders Under 8B1’s football team.