Book Review: Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP by Mirin Fader

The Antetokounmpo family left Nigeria in order for the father to pursue a career in soccer. A life altering injury destroyed those dreams and left the family as poor immigrants in a racist country. Food, shelter, clothes and shoes were barely, but the family persevered. In order to help his family, they accepted an offer of 500 euros, and Giannis along with brother Jonas, began playing basketball. They were so poor, friends, teammates, coaches and certain members of the community would give Giannis and his brothers food to eat. His older brother Kotas would play his game first, then turn around and hand Giannis the same pair of sneakers, to play his game (along with two pair of socks). Thru it all, the family kept smiling.

A student of the game, Giannis and his brothers would go to the internet cafe and study YouTube videos of Allen Iverson, followed by Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. He was determined to play in the NBA.

To date, this is one of the best biographies that I’ve ever read. The brothers are each other’s biggest supporters. Younger brother Thanasis is Giannis’ best cheerleader from the sidelines, although he should be playing more (in my opinion)… not sitting down ONCE. They all believe the youngest brother Alex, is going to be the best athlete yet.

This is why I will continue to sing praises for this young man! Go Bucks!!

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