Giannis Antetokounmpo, In Words


  1. Family
    • Family – Dad
      • We loved our dad. My mom loved her husband. But at the end of the day, I think, he did what he was supposed to do in this world. He had five kids and raised us right. That’s the most important thing.
      • Losing someone you love is tough.
    • Family – Leadership
      • Leading your family is a lot tougher than basketball.
    • Family – Love
      • It starts with my family. That drives me every day, just seeing them smiling.
    • Family – Responsibility
      • I always had to be there for my family. I think that helped me a lot to adjust to the NBA.
  2. Muhammad Ali
    • Hana Ali – Book – More Than A Hero: Muhammad Ali’s Life Lessons Presented Through His Daughter’s Eyes” by Hana Ali
      • Antetokounmpo recently read “More Than A Hero: Muhammad Ali’s Life Lessons Presented Through His Daughter’s Eyes” by Hana Ali.
      • The book was part of an exchange with Antetokounmpo’s girlfriend, whom he gifted “Me Before You,” a love story by British novelist Jojo Moyes. (“So far it’s working,” Antetokounmpo says of the transaction.)
      • What struck Antetokounmpo most profoundly was Ali’s admission that his mental and spiritual lives weren’t truly fulfilled until his retirement.
      • “What Ali said is true,” Antetokounmpo said.
      • Does it make him sad to believe that being his best basketball self and being his best spiritual self are incompatible?
      • “No, that’s just the way it is,” he said.
      • “Now I have something to look forward to in 20 years.”
  3. Humility
    • I’m a humble kid. I grew up with Filathlitikos. There were some people in Filathlitikos that taught to me how to stay humble. It was coach Tzivas that never allowed me to get carried away. That’s who I am.
    • “When you focus on the past, that’s your ego..
      When you focus on the future, it’s your pride…
      Try to focus on the moment, in the present, that’s humility.”

      • 2021 – NBA Finals – Game 4 { Link }
    • ”When this team is humble, this team is very, very dangerous.
      We play at our best when we’re humble.”

      • 2021 – NBA Finals – Game 5 { Link }
  4. Trust
    • “I saw him going there. I saw Chris Paul and then I started sprinting, and I saw nobody was around me. He didn’t want to throw me the ball at first, but I was like, Throw it, throw it, throw it,” he said on his alley-oop dunk, “And then he threw it. He trusted me. After the game, I was like, Thank you for trusting me. He could throw it and make a wrong pass and that would be on him as the point guard. The coach would say, You’re supposed to keep the ball. But he trusted me and he knows I’m going to finish the play. That says a lot to me. I went up to him after the game and I told him that, too.
      • bleadze.king ( @dragonballzftz ) [ Link ]
        • Replying to @LilySZhao [ Link ]
          • That’s what makes Giannis great he talks like this no ego, I’d have been like am Giannis bitch why you take your time 😂.. Love their dynamic
  5. Self-care
    • I just stay home all the time. But the thing I have learned outside of basketball is you got to take care of your body.
    • A lot of people know who I am now. They want a little bit of me, a little bit of my time. But at the end of the day, I still have to remember who I am.
  6. Care
    • It’s good to know that your coach cares about you.
  7. Frugality
    • I’m serious about it, and I want to spend my money wisely. I’m not going to throw away any money.
  8. Loyalty
    • I’m loyal to the people I work with.
  9. Authencity
    • If you are going to do something, you have to do it for yourself, and that’s what I try to do. I try to be authentic and try to be original, so that’s what I try to be. A lot of people try to build big brands but have received bad advice, and they don’t try to be authentic and real with themselves.
  10. Closed-Up
    • Because my parents were illegal, they couldn’t trust anybody. They were always nervous. A neighbor could be like, ‘These people are making too much noise, their children are making too much noise,’ and the cops could knock at our door and ask for our papers, and that’s it. It’s that simple. So you’re always a little closed.
    • I usually feel that I prefer to hide from people.
  11. Career
    • Hopefully, I can see my jersey one day up in the Rafters
  12.  TeamMates
    • Just every day try to be a leader, try to get better and to help my team win. I just want to be more vocal, like talk more so my teammates can know I got their back.
  13. Milwaukee
    • The Bucks and John Hammond chose me in the draft, got me in the NBA, kept me in the team with a role from my very first season, and they are my basketball family.
    • Tim Duncan did it. Dirk Nowitzki did it. I just want to be one of those guys… that stays for the city, play for the city for 20 years.
  14. 60 Minutes
    • At first, when my agent told me, ‘They want you to do an interview, a piece for ’60 Minutes,’ I was like, ‘What is ’60 Minutes?”
  15. Plays
    • I know I can get to the basket whenever I want, but I’ve got to be able to create some plays, like easy plays.
  16. Consistency
    • It’s such a long season, and there’s so many games, so many trips, you’ve got to build habits and be consistent with what you do.
  17. Coming to America
    • Me and my mother, we both love Eddie Murphy.
  18. Others
    • Before I leave this earth I’m going to help people have a better future


  1. Dirk Nowitzki
    • Dirk Nowitzki is the best European player, for me, that’s ever played the game. He’s an unbelievable talent.
    • The things that Dirk has done for this league and for the Dallas Mavericks, it’s unbelievable. And Coach Kidd was a teammate of Dirk, so for Jason Kidd to compare me with Dirk Nowitzki, it feels nice. It’s a nice compliment.
  2. Lebron James
    • When LeBron came into the league, I was 9 years old. So I grew up watching him play.

Kenny Smith

  1. Honestly, he’s going to be playing on Sunday One Day
    – He won’t just be in contests


Kevin Durant

  1. “The Greek Freak, I think, is a force. I’ve never seen anything like him. His ceiling is probably … he could end up being the best player to ever play if he really wanted to. That’s pretty scary to think about. He’s by far my most favorite player to watch.” – Kevin Durant


Rob Perez

  1. If you’re not enjoying these NBA Finals you’re just telling on yourself.
    — Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) July 18, 2021


Nick Wright

  1. Overpaying
    • The Bucks overpaid to make sure they could get Jrue Holiday, the best defensive PG in the league, to make sure Giannis would be there long term.
      On the biggest play the franchise has had in 50 years, Jrue ripped Booker & trusted Giannis.
      What an iconic moment.
      — nick wright (@getnickwright) July 18, 2021


Kenny Smith



Kobe Bryant




Videos – Twitter

  1. Humility
    • Clay Travis ( @ClayTravis )
  2. BasketBall
    • Lily Zhao ( @LilySZhao )


In Closing

I will defer to Kenny Smith.

Quick Bio:-

  1. Michael Jordan
    • 1983
      • Kenny Smith joined the Tar Heels in North Carolina, Chapel Hill
      • He joined a year removed from the 1982 Team that won the National Championship
      • The 1982 Team comprised of
        • Michael Jordan
        • Sam Perkins
        • Matt Doherty
        • James Worthy
  2. Hakeem Olajuwon
    • NBA Career
      • 1984-85 NBA Draft
        • #1 Pick:- Hakeem The Dream Olajuwon
        • #2 Pick:- Michael Jordan
    • Kenny Smith joined Hakeem Olajuwon in 1990-91 season
    • While the immutable Michael Jordan was out of the NBA, playing baseball, the Rockets won back-to-back championships in 1993–94 and 1994–95.
    • The 1993-94 Team consisted of:-
      • Brooks, Scott
      • Bullard, Matt
      • Cassell, Sam
      • Elie, Mario
      • Horry, Robert
      • Maxwell, Vernon
      • Olajuwon, Hakeem
      • Thorpe, Otis
    • The 1993-94 Team consisted of:-
      • Brooks, Scott
      • Bullard, Matt
      • Cassell, Sam
      • Elie, Mario
      • Horry, Robert
      • Maxwell, Vernon
      • Olajuwon, Hakeem
      • Drexler, Clyde
        • NickName:- Clyde the Glide
        • University of Houston
          • “Phi Slama Jama”, the first slam-dunking “fraternity”


  1. Honestly, he’s going to be playing on Sunday One Day
    – He won’t just be in contests


Family, remain careful and watchful with your words.

In some cases, they do birth.

And, when they birth good, you can look back smilingly and say I birth some of that.


Referenced Work

    • Giannis Antetokounmpo: From poverty in Greece to NBA’s most lucrative player
  2. Sporting News
    • Gilbert McGregor
      • From a little known prospect to an MVP candidate: Antetokounmpo’s rise to stardom
  3. ESPN
    • Kevin Arnovitz
      • What does Giannis look like as an NBA superstar?
  4. EuroHoops.Net
    • Johnny Askounis
      • Giannis Antetokounmpo on Jrue Holiday: “He trusted me”
  5. Wikipedia
    • NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Game
      • 1982 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Game
    • Houston Rockets
      • Houston Rockets – 1993-94
      • Houston Rockets – 1994-95
    • Athletes
      • Hakeem Olajuwon
      • Clyde Drexler

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