Thanasis, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s brother, is the recipient of his new “All-Star” Zoom Freak 5s.
For his NBA success, Giannis Antetokounmpo can give credit to Brother Thanasis.
The trainers, which read, “Thanasis, thanks for sharing,” are a representation of Thanasis giving Giannis his shoes when they were both impoverished children in Greece.
NBA player Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks may soon release his own trademark Nike sneaker, but in an interview with ’60 Minutes’, the player disclosed on Sunday that he had to share footwear with his brother when he was growing up in Greece due to his lowly background.
Born in 1994 into a small two-room flat, the family of Nigerian parents frequently went without food and slept three or four to a bed.
“Giannis and his brothers spent hours as children selling watches and CDs in the streets of Athens, Greece just to help out the family,” Complex Sports on X stated. Currently, Thanasis, Giannis, and
“Well, that wasn’t easy. The money we had was not much. But we were so happy. So, in terms of happiness, we weren’t broke. We were all together in the same room back then, when we were having trouble. We were enjoying ourselves. We had smiles on our faces. The athlete admitted to Steve Kroft of CBS News that there were difficult moments.
Giannis’ father urged his brother Thanasis and the Bucks star to seek careers in athletics and got them both interested in basketball. Their monthly salary as players on a Greek second division squad was less than $500. Nowadays, Thanasis plays in a premier European league and is a member of the Greek National Team.
Giannis, who has been donning player-exclusive versions of Nike’s new Kobe AD midtop sneaker this season, took Kroft to the tiny gym in Athens where they used to play and reminisced about how their meagre income influenced their performance on the court. We played a game together with the same duo, I recall. Just one match.
However, since the Bucks selected him with the 15th overall choice in the 2013 NBA Draft, Giannis has made two All-Star teams, re-signed with Nike last year, and is now past his financial struggles. His fans lovingly refer to him as the “Greek Freak.”
After an incredible 2016–17 campaign, Giannis caught the interest of many clothing companies, including rival Adidas. He did, however, ultimately consent to a long-term deal with Nike at the beginning of November.