Nike has released a set of short YouTube videos dedicated to 2019 NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The five-video series — titled “I Am Giannis” — looks into how the “Greek Freak” rose to stardom by examining his tough upbringing in Athens and how a close connection to his family shaped his character.
See each video from the series below.
“I Am Giannis” Ep. 1: Self-Made
Growing up in Athens, Giannis first learned to hustle by selling goods on the street. It wasn’t until the age of 12 when he discovered a different opportunity to provide for his family – the game of basketball. The tall, skinny kid hit the gym determined to create a better future for the Antetokounmpo’s
“I Am Giannis” Ep. 2: Angels
Everybody eats – that’s the mindset Giannis learned from local cafe owner, Giannis Tsiggas. After a full day of hoops, Mr. Giannis would feed the Antetokounmpo brothers and encourage them to continue chasing their dreams. Giannis did just that, growing stronger and more dedicated to the game while attracting scouts from Europe and the U.S.
“I Am Giannis” Ep. 3: Coming to America
Giannis’ life changed overnight when he was drafted 15th by the Milwaukee Bucks. His first time in America and away from his family, Giannis found comfort through the support of Greek fans in the U.S. who always showed up to his games.
“I Am Giannis” Ep. 4: Achieving Greatness
Giannis refuses to be outworked. His coaches and trainers watch in disbelief as the Greek Freak continues to up his game. He has fire in his heart that’s fueling his greatness.
“I Am Giannis” Ep. 5: Zoom Freak 1
Giannis used to share a single pair of basketball shoes with his brother. 10 years later, he gets his own signature shoe. The Zoom Freak 1 is yet another considerable step in an already incredible journey. And it’s just getting started.
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