“I’ve got to set the right example for young kids”

2016-04-18T21:39:06+00:00 2016-04-18T22:33:46+00:00.

Antonis Stroggylakis

18/Apr/16 21:39


Giannis Antetokounmpo gave an extremely interesting interview for the website of the NBPA about a large array of topics

By Eurohoops team/ info@eurohoops.net

Giannis Antetokounmpo has been the talk not only of the town (Milwaukee) but the whole NBA metropolitan area with his achievements during the season.

The “Greek Freak” gave a large and extremely interesting interview for the official website of the NBPA (National Basketball Players Association) speaking about a wide array of topics that expand from his childhood and the basketball beginnings, to his current stardom status and day-to-day life.

Here are some excerpts:

What made you want to transition from soccer to basketball?

“It wasn’t height, I wasn’t tall as a kid. One day, Thanasis was, like, “I want to play basketball.” I was, like, “Oh, man!” My father was lecturing us for like three hours straight. “Basketball? You’re talking about basketball?” After, he was, like, “OK, you can play basketball.” I was, like, “I’m not going to be a No. 1 player in soccer.” I was going to spend time with Thanasis because he was older than me, and so I always wanted to be with him. Then Kostas played basketball, then Alex.”

Through the past three years, what’s been your favorite experience so far in the community?

I did an appearance this season with some kids [35 boys as part of Operation Dream]. Most of the kids really didn’t have a father figure, so it was more like a mentoring thing. So that was one of my moments that I felt like I could give back in a different way—not just money.


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