The Greek Freak is winning the hearts of many around the world.
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo was interviewed during a segment on CBS’ “60 Minutes” Sunday night in which he talked about his rough upbringing and how he’s been handling his rise to NBA stardom.
Since being selected by the Bucks with the 15th pick in the 2013 NBA draft, Giannis has made two All-Star teams and is averaging 27 points and ten rebounds a game in his fifth season. As he continues to blossom as a top talent, here are five things we learned about the 23-year-old from his prime time interview.
1. Six Steps
Antetokounmpo says it takes just six steps for him to go the full length of a basketball court.
2. Grew up poor, hustled on the streets
The Greek Freak grew up poor in Greece and to survive he would peddle goods on the streets, like glasses, watches, CDs and DVDs. Antetokounmpo said he was “the best salesman.”
3. Shared Shoes
Because Giannis’ family had little money, he told a heartbreaking story about a time he and his brother, Thanasis, had to share the same pair of shoes during a game.
Giannis said when he’d come out of the game, he’d give the shoes to his brother to wear so he could play.
Soon the Greek Freak will go from having to share shoes to having his own signature shoe with Nike. He’ll be the first foreign-born NBA player to have this tribute, according to CBS.
4. Smoothie Love
When Giannis arrived to the NBA as 18-year-old, he didn’t really know anything about the NBA or Milwaukee, he couldn’t speak English too well and didn’t know how to drive or use a bank account.
However, trying a smoothie for the first time led to him tweeting out, “Man, I just had my first smoothie. Man, God bless America,” in 2014.
5. Lived in a hotel after getting drafted
The 6-foot-11 basketball star lived in a hotel for five months by himself when first joining the Bucks until his family was able to get visas to join him.
He now lives in a two-bedroom rental apartment with his mother, girlfriend and youngest brother.