Mark, Laura, Jay, Malea Tatum

 

  1. Mark, Laura, Jay, Malea Tatum
    • The Day I met my Daughter | Thailand Adoption
      Channel :- Laura Tatum
      Date Published :- 2017-May-8th
      Link
    • That’s not my daughter!! | EYES OF AN ORPHAN
      Channel :- Laura Tatum
      Date Published :- 2017-May-8th
      Link
    • Meet our daughter!! | Adoption Miracle
      Channel :- Laura Tatum
      Date Published :- 2017-May-30th
      Link
    • Amazing Adoption Update!
    • Channel :- Laura Tatum
      Date Published :- 2017-Oct-10th
      Link

Satya Nadella & “The Sufficiency of Grace”

Giving up his Green Card

Satya came to the US in 1988 to go to graduate school.

In Dec 1992, he married his wife, Anu.

The line for petitioners with green card is not as quick as that for Citizens.

With that in mind he would not apply under an H1 Visa, but under a less favorable status.

Anu’s Visa Application was denied.

We all know that Microsoft has some of the best lawyers and they came up with an ingenious, yet risky plan.

The plan was to have Nadella turn in his green card and apply for an H1 Visa.  The reason being those granted H1 visas are able to have their spouse come to the US with them.

The H1 visa petition was approved.

Cerebral Palsy

At Age, 29, Satya and his wife were blessed with their first son, Zain.

As both he and his wife are the only child of their respective parents, there was an expectation that the child will expand their embryonic nuclear family and bring their extended families even closer.

But, hopes appear to have been dashed when the child was born with Cerebral Palsy.

The burden of coping with a disability in a small family with most of the extended family continents away was compounded.

Difficulties have two probably outcomes, bitterness or empathy.

Empathy make you a better innovator,” said Nadella. “If I look at the most successful products we [at Microsoft] have created, it comes with that ability to meet the unmet, unarticulated needs of customers.”

As Nadella sees it, the Monopolistic lawsuit forced Microsoft to have to confront the Identity question.

To him part of the answer is “We build technology so that others can build technology”.

A more technical question is “What is quantum computing, and does MSFT participate in it…”.

One fascinating way to think about quantum is that if you had a corn maze and you were trying to trace your path. a classical computer would trace, retrace again and again and on and on. Quantum is the ultimate parallel machine. It would trace all of the paths simultaneously.”

Scripture

John 9:2-3

So His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned—this man or his parents—that he was born blind?”
“Neither he nor his parents sinned,” answered Jesus, “but he was born blind in order that God’s mercy might be openly shown in him.

References

  1. Business Insider
    • Matt Weinberger
      • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella once gave up his green card for love
        Link
  2. Fortune
    • Michal Lev-Ram
      • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Says Empathy Makes You a Better Innovator
        Link

McClure Twins Family – Alexis & Ava

  1. GIRLS, I’M HAVING A BABY | TWIN TALK
    Ava and Alexis react to Mama McClure telling them she’s having a baby. The girls learn they will be big sisters?
    Do they want a brother or sister?!
    Also, Mama McClure shows them a picture of the baby – their reaction is great:)
    Published On :- 2017-May-17th
    Link
  2. WE KNOW WHAT TO NAME THE BABY! | TWIN TALK
    The girls come up with names for the baby- very unique ideas on what to call their baby brother:) they also chat about how they are going to raise/teach him things…
    Published On :- 2017-June-4th
    Link
  3. THE GIRLS COOK FOR THE BABY
    Published On :- 2017-May-28th
    The girls cook for the baby! Sponsored by HelloFresh.
    Link
  4. TWINS AND MOM MAKING TRADITIONAL AFRICAN NIGERIAN SNACKS
    Twins and Mom making traditional African snack!
    Link
  5. FIRST BOY PROBLEM | TWIN TALK
    Published On :- 2017-August-13th
    Link
  6. TWINS GIVE THE BEST MARRIAGE ADVICE | TWIN TALK
    Published On :- 2017-Sept-6th
    Link
  7. Twin girls realize they look exactly the same
    Channel :- Rumble Viral
    Link
  8. Kicked out of our new home
    Channel :- McClure Twins Family
    Published On :- 2017-Nov-5th
    Link

Moral Courage

 

Videos

  1. Omeleto
    • Prison inmates were put in a room with nothing but a camera. I didn’t expect them to be so real.
      • Channel :- Omeleto
        Published On :- 2017-Jan-22nd
        Link
      • Location :- Sing Sing Correctional Facility
      • Participants
        • GodFather III
          • Tremain
        • Lawrence Bartley
        • Devon Rodgers
        • Tyrone Abraham
    • A homeless 7-year-old who lives on the beach shows us exactly what courage looks like.
      • Channel :- Omeleto
        Published On :- 2017-Feb-28th
        Link
    • A lonely woman shares a cab with a complete stranger… and it changes her life forever.
      • Publisher :- Channel
        Published On :- 2017-Feb-25th
        Link
    • A Czech doctor is stopped at the airport returning to America. Then, they take her to the back room.
      • Director :- Serena Dykman
      • Staring
        • Jandre Dee
      • Channel :- Omeleto
        Published On :- 2017-July-10th
        Link
    • A single guy tried to find a date the ‘old-fashioned’ way… and gets the surprise of his life.
      • Channel :- Omeleto
      • Published On :- 2017-Feb-12th
        Link
    • This boy killed himself because of this text. When I saw what it read, I was shattered.
      • Channel :- Omeleto
        Published On :- 2017-Feb-17th
        Link
    • A woman goes to a coffee shop to tell him that he got her pregnant. Then, she questions everything.
      • Channel :- Omeleto
        Published On :- 2017-Oct-17th
        Link
  2. Khalil A. Cumberbatch
    • I Went To Prison And My Dad Never Called. Now I’m Calling Him. | MORAL COURAGE EP. 35
      • My entire incarceration I never received one letter, or a visit, or a call from my father. This video follows my journey to reconnect with him in a meaningful way.
        Published On :- 2015-Oct-5th
        Link

 

Indepth

Omeleto

Prison inmates were put in a room with nothing but a camera. I didn’t expect them to be so real.

 

 

Quotes

Omeleto

Prison inmates were put in a room with nothing but a camera. I didn’t expect them to be so real.

Tyrone Abraham

  1. You could be the bad thing that happens to somebody.
  2. Think about that
  3. There could be a family, there is a child, a father, a mother and they come here
  4. To build a better life and they say to themseleves
  5. If I am careful … I could build a better life
  6. If I am careful … I could reach this good thing
  7. As long as nothing bad bad happens
  8. And, then I happen to them
  9. Do you want to be the bad?

This boy killed himself because of this text. When I saw what it read, I was shattered.

  1. I will take him anyway that I can have him

The Loving Decision

Background

June 13th, 2017

50 years ago [ today ], the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Loving — Mildred and Richard Loving, who successfully sued the state of Virginia, forcing it to recognize their interracial marriage. That landmark case overturned laws against interracial marriages all across the country.

 

Videos

  1. The { } And
    • Chamika and Khalil Cumberbatch
      • Formerly Incarcerated Father Opens Up to Daughter | {THE AND} Mia & Khalil
        Mia & Khalil, a father and daughter separated for years by the federal prison system, discuss the hardship that has defined their relationship. 9 year old Mia bravely opens up about what it meant that her father was incarcerated, and Khalil, now a criminal justice reform activist at JustLeadershipUSA, can only admire how strong his daughter has become.

        • Videos
          • Smaller Clip
            Published On :- 2017-Oct-4th
            Link
          • Full
            Published On :- 2016-Oct-10th
            Link
      • The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention
        • Video
          • The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention (Part 1)
            A Guyanese transplant to New York, Khalil came of age as an inmate in maximum security facilities during his twenties. After his release, he dedicated his life to education, social justice and his family, only to be taken away by immigration detention, and possibly deported after 25 years in the United States.
            Link
          • The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention (Part 2)
            Following his session of The Window, Khalil, was at a loss of words processing the amount of love and support his family and friends showed him during their reflections of his struggle in Immigration Detention. Here is what he finally said about the eye-opening experience.
            Link
      • I Went To Prison And My Dad Never Called. Now I’m Calling Him. | MORAL COURAGE EP. 35
        • Channel :- MoralCourageChannel
          Published On :- 2015-Oct-5th
          My entire incarceration I never received one letter, or a visit, or a call from my father. This video follows my journey to reconnect with him in a meaningful way.
          Link
    • How Will We Raise A Biracial Kid? | {THE AND} Keisha & Andrew
      Keisha & Andrew are back with {THE AND} after a year, still laughing with and at each other. But things get real as they confront their fears of the future, like having a biracial child in the #BlackLivesMatter era (Part 1 of 2) | Watch Part 2: http://bit.ly/KeishaAndrew2
      Publisher :- The Skin Deep
      Link
    • Wrongly Arrested At 16 | {THE AND} David & Adama
      David & Adama, friends through the hardest of times, look how far they’ve taken their unlikely pairing since they first met. Adama, wrongfully imprisoned by the US government at age 16, wonders if American society will ever truly be comfortable with her religion, and David admits that his proudest moment in life wouldn’t have come to pass without her.
      Published On :- 2017-May-17th
      Link
    • {THE AND} Francesca & Azzah
      • {THE AND} Francesca & Azzah | Being Muslim in America is Hard Sometimes
        Francesca & Azzah, close friends and recent graduates, discuss the shifting social climate in the United States and its impact on their friendship. Azzah shares growing concerns about her identity as an immigrant and Muslim woman to Francesca, who relied deeply on Azzah during the rough patches in her life. Filmed in July 2016, this dialogue between two young women of color is more relevant now than ever.
        Publisher :- The Skin Deep
        Published On :- 2017-Feb-8th
        Link
  2. The Loving Decision
    • We Talk to Interracial Couples 50 Years After Loving v. Virginia (HBO)
      Published On :- 2013-Oct-26th
      Link
    • Features
      • Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen & Janey Langhart Cohen
      • Vaughn J. Buffalo and Gail Russell Buffalo
      • Enroll McDonald and Klara Glowczewska
      • Rev. John Janka and Rev. Jacqui Lewis
      • Chris Connolly and Joy Connolly
  3. Amanda Roman Leak, Ryan Leak
    • The Surprise Wedding ( Shorter Version )
      Station :- Amanda Roman Leak
      Published On :- 2013-Oct-26th
      Link
    • The Surprise Wedding
      On June 7, 2013, Ryan Leak proposed to his girlfriend. Her dream was to get engaged and married on the same day, and so later on that night… He had planned her surprise dream wedding. We have always talked about what we want our special day to be about. And for us, we want it to be about something bigger than ourselves. Recently, we were moved by an organization called A21 who fights sex trafficking all over the world. And so the idea for this day was: There’s 27 million girls caught in sex slavery, and every single one of them deserves their own dream wedding. And so we asked all of our guest at the wedding to give to A21 instead of getting us traditional wedding presents. If you’d like to learn more about A21 and join our guest in giving, go to: http://bit.ly/1g7zrye
      Link
    • Viral Video Newlyweds Credit as Inspiration
      Link
    • Chasing Failure
      Link
  4. Adanna & David
    • OUR WEDDING VIDEO | AdannaDavid
      Hi guys, the video from our wedding is finally up. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed the day! Love, Adanna & David Check out our ‘Bei-de’ Jewellery collection: https://stilnest.com/adanna-david
      Published On :- 2014-Nov-29th
      Link
    • Adanna & David dancing to Afrobeats
      Published On :- 2017-Jan-17th
      Link
    • Adanna & Adamma
      • MEET MY TWIN SISTER – TWIN TAG | AdannaDavid
        A lot of you have requested for me to do a ‘Twin Tag’ while my twin sister was visiting.
        Published On :- 2016-March-13th
        Link
  5. Ruffine & Nicolas Delfosse
    • Opening Wedding Dance – Ruffine & Nicolas (Etta James – covered by Beyoncé, Bracket, P-Square)
      Published On :- 2015-Sept-5th
      Link
  6. Thirty Minutes After Watching this Proposal Video and We’re Still Sobbing.
    • Thirty Minutes After Watching this Proposal Video and We’re Still Sobbing.
      Publisher :- How he asked.com
      Published On :- 2016-Nov-7th
  7. Cedric Thompson Jr and Charlotte Paguyo
    • An NFL Players Heartwarming Proposal: A Love Story
      Thank you Ced and Charlotte for letting me be apart of this beautiful moment. “An NFL Players Heartwarming Proposal: A Love Story”
      Link
  8. Love Without Borders
    • Love Without Borders – Season 1 – Episode 1
      In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision, we gathered eight multicultural couples to talk about their experiences in America.
      Published On :- 2017-April-27th
      Link
    • Love Without Borders – Season 1 – Episode 4
      Multiethnic Couples Talk About Their Weddings | Love Without Borders S1 EP4 | BRIDES
      Link
    • Love Without Borders – Season 1 – Episode 5
      The One Thing You Should Never Say to Multicultural Couples | Love Without Borders S1 EP5 | BRIDES
      Published On :- 2017-April-27th
      Link
  9. Christopher M. Harris & Britt Harris
    • Stories
      • After US Army Specialist Christopher M. Harris was killed in Afghanistan, his wife Britt asked his fellow soldiers to reveal the gender of their unborn child
    • Participants
      • Christopher M. Harris
      • Britt Harris
    • Videos
      • Troops reveal gender of fallen soldier’s baby
        Link
    • Dates
      • Deceased :- August 2nd, 2017
  10. Crystal and Joseph
    • Crystal and Joseph were married at Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel in Columbia, Maryland.
    • Wedding Blog ( Link )
    • Stories
      • Groom cries as Bride walks down the Aisle {Crystal and Joseph}
    • Participants
      • Crystal
      • Joseph
    • Videos
      • Groom cries as Bride walks down the Aisle {Crystal and Joseph}
        Dates Published :- 2017-June-24th
        Link

 

Indepth

The { } And

Wrongly Arrested At 16 | {THE AND} David & Adama

  1. Adama
    • Koran
      • After every hardship there is ease
      • Black, Woman, and Muslim
      • I have to go pass those strikes
  2. David
    • Adama granted Asylum

Khalil, Chamika, Mia Cumberbatch

The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention (Part 2)

  1. Did not want to call him father
    • I was fearful that if I gave him that title, he wouldn’t live up to it
    • But, the reality is that he has done that and so much more
  2. Brother
    • Met each other in a very dark, a very dark place
    • We did not have anything to offer each other, but friendship
    • But, he took that
    • And, we have both survived it, because of the camaraderie that we have
  3. Fatherhood
    • Change my legacy
    • Change my legacy about Prisonhood
    • Coming closer to that goal
  4. Friendship
    • Dickson
      • Believe in me, even when I did not believe in myself
  5. Friendship
    • Seeds
      • Support
      • Criticism
      • Inspiration
    • Becoming
      • Husband
      • Father
      • Advocate
    • Mirroring
      • Joy
      • Inspiration
      • Gratitude

Formerly Incarcerated Father Opens Up to Daughter | {THE AND} Mia & Khalil

  1. Mia
    • What scares you the most
  2. Khalil
    • I will look back on my life and wish I was a great parent
  3. Mia
    • There is no change to make you a great parent, you are actually a great parent

 

 

Pledges

There are many pledges we make in our lives.

One of the wives featured in the HBO documentary, “We Talk to Interracial Couples 50 Years After Loving v. Virginia (HBO)”, said “Being married to John keeps me accountable. I cannot do they…They are.  I wake up to this guy.  My husband.

Here is hoping you have set some traps in your life that forbade you from Saying They, and even more Lividly Living against “They”.

 

Andy Stanley

 

Sermons & Discussions

  1. Skin in the Game – Full, Unedited Conversation
    Your Move with Andy Stanley
    Guests :- Sam Collier & Joseph Sojourner
    Published On :- 2016-Sept-20th

  2. Exposed: Michael Leahy and ex-wife Patty talk with Andy Stanley about Michael’s sex addiction
    A compelling interview my ex-wife Patty and I did years ago at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA with Senior Pastor Andy Stanley. I’m posting it here so more people will watch it and reach out to me for help as we mentor men who struggle with sexual addiction and their hurting spouses. To learn more about our mentoring programs, visit http://www.bravehearts.net.
    Published On :- 2014-May-3rd
    Link
  3. Leadership, Preaching, & Cultural Engagement
    Conversation between Russell Moore and Andy Stanley at the 2016 ERLC National Conference
    Published On :- 2016-Sept-20th
    Link

 

Indepth

Skin in the Game – Full, Unedited Conversation

  1. As Police Officers we want control
    • If people will just understand that they should do what we want them to do

 

Skin in the Game – Full, Unedited Conversation

  1. Bible Verses
    • But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. ( Romans 13:14 )

Giannis Antetokounmpo

NBA All Star 2017

Good to see that the NBA All Star list for 2017 has a whole lot of good guys on it.

nbaallstar2017

Homelessness

  1. Young, gifted, and Homelessness
    More than 100,000 students on U.S. youth, public school and college teams have no stable place to live. Sports Illustrated goes inside the lives of three teen athletes struggling to overcome the hardships of homelessness.
    Published On :- 2014-Oct-16th
    Link

 

Stories

Giannis Antetokounmpo: The Most Intriguing Point Guard In NBA History
Link

On the worst nights, when the fadeaways are short and the pocket passes are late, Giannis Antetokounmpo skips the showers. He storms out of the Bradley Center in full uniform, from home locker room to player parking lot, and hops into the black Explorer the local Ford dealer lent him. He turns right on North 4th Street in downtown Milwaukee, steers toward the Hoan Bridge and continues six miles south to the Catholic seminary in St. Francis, where the priests pray and the Bucks train and The Freak dispenses his rage. Alone, Antetokounmpo reenacts the game he just played, every shot he clanked and every read he missed. Sometimes, he leaves by 1 a.m. Other times, he stays until three, sweating through his white jersey for a second time. “I get so mad, and if I go right home, I’m afraid I’ll never get that anger out,” Antetokounmpo says. “This is how I get the anger away.”

He used to administer his form of self-flagellation on the court, because that’s what he saw Chris Paul do after a Clippers loss in L.A. But he noticed some fans lingering in the lower bowl with their cellphone cameras and he didn’t want anybody to think he was putting on a show. So he retreats, in space and time. Here he is not the $100 million man with the catchy nickname and the barrel chest who studies Magic Johnson’s fast breaks and Russell Westbrook’s mean mugs, who wrestles LeBron and mimes Dirk, who hears MVP chants and references 40-balls. Here he is not even the spring-loaded first-round pick who arrived wide-eyed in the United States three and a half years ago, tweeting breathlessly about his first smoothie, refusing to use the auto-pump feature on his gas nozzle because he was so excited to pump it himself, chirping after a burger at In-N-Out in Westwood Village: “This is America right here! The real America! Isn’t it beautiful?”

No, here he is the lanky hustler from Athens, peddling watches, sunglasses, toys and video games, on the streets near the Acropolis while his parents feared that police would demand their papers and deport them back to Africa. Much of his backstory has been told, how Charles and Veronica Antetokounmpo emigrated from Nigeria to Greece in 1991 for a better life, had four boys there, and bounced from one eviction notice to another. But the further Giannis gets from his childhood, the more it resonates, in different ways. “I can’t push it to the side,” Antetokounmpo explains. “I can’t say, ‘I’ve made it, I’m done with all that.’ I will always carry it with me. It’s where I learned to work like this.” He could sell all day, serenade tourists with Christmas carols at night, and return home without enough cash for dinner. Still, he laments, “The results were never guaranteed.” Therein he finds the biggest difference between his life then and now. “If I work here,” he says, “I get the results. That’s the greatest feeling ever for me.” It keeps him coming back to the gym—straight from the arena after losses, straight from the airport after road trips, straight from the bed after back-to-backs.

Antetokounmpo stands 6’ 11″, with legs so long opposing coaches constantly complain that he is traveling, until they review the tape. “He’s not,” says Wizards coach Scott Brooks. “It’s just that we’ve never seen somebody with a stride like this.” Among the NBA’s legion of stretchy giants, Kevin Durant is the scorer, Anthony Davis the slasher. Antetokounmpo is the creator, traversing half the court with four Sasquatch steps, surveying traffic like a big rig over smart cars. Durant and Davis try to play point guard. Antetokounmpo actually does it, dropping dimes over and around defenders’ heads, leading the Bucks in every major category; 23.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals. This season he will be the team’s first All-Star since Michael Redd in 2004, and before you learn to spell his surname, he will be much more.

Growing up, his customers occasionally mentioned his cartoonishly long limbs, but he shrugged. He didn’t need a 7’ 3″ wingspan. He needed a sucker to buy those knockoff shades. He viewed himself less as The Greek Freak than a Greek grinder. “I didn’t really look at my body and think about what it meant,” Antetokounmpo says. “I didn’t figure it out.” He glances down at his 12-inch hands, bigger than Kawhi Leonard’s, bigger than Wilt Chamberlain’s. He finally knows those names. “A lot of players will tell you, ‘When I was a kid, I watched Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, LeBron, Magic, and I wanted to be just like them,’ ” Antetokounmpo says. “For me it wasn’t like that at all.” He laughs, because at last he grasps the magnitude of his gifts and the ways they can be unleashed. He understands that a 22-year-old with his build and his drive should never go home hungry again.

Antetokounmpo lives in a modest three-story townhouse near Saint Francis de Sales Seminary, in the same complex as his parents. Like any hoop phenom, he subsists on Wingstop and NBA TV. But when he needs to steady himself amid his unimpeded ascent, he heads west to Omega restaurant, where 24 hours a day he can order gyros and lamb chops with sides of nostalgia and perspective. “I think about where I was four years ago, on the streets, and where I am today, able to take care of my kids and my grandkids and their grandkids,” Antetokounmpo marvels. “I’m not saying that in a cocky way or a disrespectful way. But it is a crazy story, isn’t it?”

On March 28, 2013, Bucks general manager John Hammond sat in a dining room at the Bradley Center before a game against the Lakers and explained why his team could not acquire a superstar. Hammond was in his fifth season, with a record of 181–206, never good enough to contend and never bad enough to tank. The stars he had brought to Milwaukee, if you can call them that, were Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis, John Salmons and Carlos Delfino. Hammond outlined the two most obvious ways to land a prospective headliner: Finish on the fringe of the lottery and turn a lucky Ping-Pong ball into the first overall draft pick, which has about a 1.8% chance of occurring. Or pitch a premier free agent on a small market with a frigid climate and a mediocre roster, which comes with even steeper odds.

At the end of an otherwise dispiriting conversation, Hammond mentioned casually that he was leaving town the next day. “Where are you going?” I asked.

“Greece,” he said.

Memories of the trip have become blurred in the recounting: Antetokounmpo’s coach, idling outside the gym on a scooter, smoking a cigarette; Antetokounmpo’s teammates, nearly twice his age, coming straight to pregame warmups from their day jobs; Antetokounmpo’s parents, sitting high in the stands, as their beanstalk son deftly ran the point for Filathlitikos in the Greek second division. Hammond flashed back to a line that coach Larry Brown once told him. “For some people the game goes 110 miles per hour. For others, it goes 70.” Afterward Antetokounmpo’s Greek agents drove Hammond through Athens. “I don’t know what’s going to happen to this guy,” the GM said from the backseat. “But his life is about to change in a major way.”

The 18-year-old Antetokounmpo was no secret among scouts, but many organizations were scared to draft him, given that he couldn’t even score an invitation to the Nike Hoop Summit. But Hammond, desperate for that elusive star, was ready to take a risk. The Bucks picked Antetokounmpo 15th overall in 2013, recognizing that there is yet another way to secure a difference-maker: Steal him.

The day after the draft Antetokounmpo walked out of the elevator at The Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee, where former Wisconsin senator and Bucks owner Herb Kohl was coincidentally sitting in the lobby coffee shop. Antetokounmpo was self-conscious about his broken English, but Kohl’s top lieutenant, JoAnne Anton, happened to be fluent in Greek. “I remember how his eyes lit up when he heard her voice,” Hammond recalls. “It was a small thing, but you couldn’t help but think, ‘Maybe this is meant to be.’”

So began an endearing affair between Antetokounmpo and Milwaukee. He moved into a two-and-a-half-bedroom apartment in St. Francis that he shared with his parents and younger brothers, Kostas and Alex. Bucks guard O.J. Mayo sent him a U-Haul filled with furniture. Caron Butler and Zaza Pachulia helped him pick out clothes for road trips. Hammond and assistant general manager David Morway taught him to drive, parallel parking on the seminary grounds, and assistant video coordinator Ross Geiger lent him his maroon Subaru Outback Legacy. Geiger was Antetokounmpo’s best friend in Milwaukee, the one who oversaw his graduation from EDM to hip-hop, and instructed him on which lyrics he could sing in public and which he could not. But when they ate dinner, even at McDonald’s, Antetokounmpo insisted on splitting the bill. Either he didn’t comprehend how much more he earned than a video guy, or he couldn’t bear to part with the cash.

Milwaukee went 15–67 in Antetokounmpo’s rookie season, which dampened his enthusiasm not a bit. He memorized lines from Coming to America and Next Friday. He learned to throw a football with Morway’s sons, Michael and Robbie. He begged teammates to play the shooting game two-for-a-dollar that he picked up from power forward John Henson. When a Greek TV station came to visit, he told Geiger they would need a customized handshake, “so we look like we know what we’re doing.” The Bucks were brutal, and The Greek Freak averaged only 6.8 points, a reserve small forward who spent most of his time marooned in the corner, probing for open spaces and put-back dunks. But he provided highlights and hope. “I love Milwaukee!” Antetokounmpo told teammates over lunch at the facility one day. “I’m going to be in Milwaukee 20 years! I’ll be here so long they’ll be sick of me!” He feared that somebody would wake him from his dream and send him home. “That they’d take it all away from me,” he says.

To Bucks vets, Antetokounmpo supplied comic relief during a dismal winter, but Geiger sensed he was capable of more. One night they were watching a game on television when Antetokounmpo shouted, “Whoa! Did you see that?” Geiger hit rewind. Antetokounmpo was always amazed he could rewind live TV. “There it is!” Antetokounmpo yelped. “Look at the action on the help side and how that opens up the whole play!” Another night Geiger invited him to dinner at a friend’s house and Antetokounmpo barely uttered a word. On the way home, he told Geiger, “You’re really close with Erik, but you’re not that close with Matt.”

“He was right,” Geiger says. “He knows how to read people and situations. That’s because of how he grew up. He couldn’t waste his time selling you something for five minutes if you weren’t going to buy. He had to read body language and move on.”

When Antetokounmpo reminisces about his rookie year, he sounds as if he is talking about another era and another person. “I was like a kid in the park, seeing all the cities, seeing LeBron and KD, having so much fun. But that kid—the kid with the smoothies—I’m not really that kid anymore.”


Pro sports age everybody. There was the night in his first season when Antetokounmpo’s agent at Octagon, Alex Saratsis, told him that a Bucks assistant coach believed he wasn’t working hard enough. “You can tell me I’m not playing well,” Antetokounmpo replied, tears in his eyes. “You can tell me I’m not doing the right things. But you cannot tell me this. I won’t accept it.” And there was the night in his second season when the Bucks’ new head coach, Jason Kidd, banned him from shooting three-pointers. “I want to shoot threes,” Antetokounmpo argued. “How can I not shoot threes?” Geiger left for the Suns. Morway went to the Jazz. Nate Wolters, Antetokounmpo’s best friend on the team, was waived. “I didn’t know all that would happen,” Antetokounmpo says. “You build these relationships, know these people, and then all of a sudden you get a text in the summer: ‘I’m not coming back.’ What? You get mad. You learn this is a business.”

The first time Kidd benched him, Antetokounmpo was irate. “I was like, ‘Let’s see what this guy did in his career, anyway,’ ” Antetokounmpo recounts, and called up Kidd’s bio on his phone. “I saw Rookie of the Year, NBA championship, USA Olympic gold medal, second in assists, fifth in made threes, blah, blah, blah. I was like, ‘Jesus freaking Christ, how can I compete with that? I better zip it.’ ”

At 6’ 4″, Kidd is one of the best point guards who ever lived. “But I wanted so badly to be 6’ 7″ or 6’ 8″,” Kidd says. “Guys like Magic are looking through a window that’s so high. They can make passes I could only dream about.” He detected enough playmaking ability from Antetokounmpo to try him at point guard in the 2014 summer league and again in the ’15 preseason, but he wasn’t satisfied with the results. Last Feb. 20 in Atlanta, with the Bucks 11 games under .500 and Michael Carter-Williams coming off the bench, Kidd put the ball in Antetokounmpo’s massive mitts. “We didn’t talk about it,” Kidd says. “We didn’t make a big deal out of it. There was no pressure. We just wanted to try something different.”

The Bucks won that night in double overtime as Antetokounmpo had 19 points and three assists, and afterward Kidd embarked on an audacious experiment: building the biggest point guard anybody can remember. Kidd oversees the project, but assistant coach Sean Sweeney runs it, accompanying Antetokounmpo to his midnight workouts, deconstructing his pick-and-rolls, furnishing him with clips of Magic but also less predictable influences such as Kiki Vandeweghe’s post moves and Shawn Kemp’s transition dunks. Antetokounmpo hung a photo of himself, facing up against the Raptors, in Sweeney’s office. Sweeney has repeatedly taken the picture down, but somehow, it always returns. “Don’t forget about me!” Antetokounmpo sings.

This summer they worked out twice a day for two-and-a-half weeks at Long Beach State’s Walter Pyramid, picking strangers out of the bleachers to fill fast breaks. “It was an inordinate amount of time going through situations,” Sweeney says. “We’d start with the running game. ‘First look is to the big running to the rim. Next look is up the side to the wing. Next look is across the side. Now can you get it and go full speed? Now you can get it and go and pitch it back to a trailer who can shoot?’ ”

“You know what I liked about using all those strangers?” Kidd adds. “He had to speak. You don’t know these people, but you have to tell them what to do. They’re looking at you for direction and you have to give it to them. That’s what a point guard does. He has to know his teammates better than they know themselves.”

The Bucks acquired Matthew Dellavedova in July and made him their de facto floor general, but Giannis is the one making the decisions and feeling the consequences. “If this guy gets the ball five times, I know he’s happy, and if that guy gets it once, I know he’s not,” Antetokounmpo groans. “So I’m like, ‘Oh, man, I’ve got to get that guy the ball.’ It’s hard to satisfy everybody.”

Actually, it’s impossible, which is another of the lessons Kidd is imparting. There are things stars do, like pick up the bill at McDonald’s, and things they don’t, like placate everyone in their presence. “To make the next step, I’ve learned you need a little cockiness inside you,” Antetokounmpo says. “I can be a little cocky.” As a rookie, he jawed with Carmelo Anthony. In his second season, he body checked Mike Dunleavy. But the Bucks have been seeing his snarl more often of late, after pep talks from Kobe Bryant last season and Kevin Garnett last month, as well as daily skull sessions with veteran Bucks guard Jason Terry. “I’ll tell him something at a timeout like, ‘Watch the curl, and if the curl isn’t there, the slip will be wide open,’ ” says Terry. “And he’ll always tell me, ‘I got you, bro.’ ” He searches for the slightest edge, because a highlight a night is not enough anymore. He needs 25/12/8 with a win. “I’ve definitely become more serious,” Antetokounmpo says. “I have a franchise on my shoulders.”

On 28-And-a-half acres around the Bradley Center, the Bucks are constructing a new practice facility that will open later this year and a new arena that will open next year. Next to the site is a billboard, featuring Antetokounmpo’s muscled back, over the slogan the future looks strong. Hammond, it turns out, proved himself wrong, and possibly twice. He found a star, and he might have snagged another, drafting forward Jabari Parker second in 2014. The Bucks currently sit seventh in the East, but outside of Cleveland, their long-term outlook is as bright as anybody’s.

Hammond and Antetokounmpo talk often, though no longer about the perils of right turns on red. “He’s trying to figure this whole thing out, what he’s going to be,” Hammond says. “We’re seeing this more focused side of him, but it’s a fine line. You still want to enjoy the game, the fun part of it.” His trust is difficult to earn. Private trainers with renowned NBA clients offer to work with Antetokounmpo every summer. He turns them all down, sticking with Bucks staffers.

“Because my parents were illegal, they couldn’t trust anybody,” Antetokounmpo says. “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’m outgoing when I feel comfortable, but it took me 21 years just to invite a girl to meet my friends. I’m closed too.”

Around familiar faces, like his live-in girlfriend, his innocence is impossible to extinguish. When Saratsis mentions the All-Star Game, Antetokounmpo hushes him, so as not to jinx it. When Geiger visits, Antetokounmpo hands him the Wingstop menu, with the addendum, “I’m buying!” And when Kostas left home for the University of Dayton this fall, big brother drove six hours to move him into his dorm, stopping only at Wal-Mart. “Here is Giannis at midnight, with 80% of the freshman class, walking up and down the hallway carrying bedsheets,” recalls Dayton coach Archie Miller.

Giannis functions as the family patriarch, with his father adjusting to the United States and his older brother, Thanasis, playing in Spain. When Giannis inked his four-year, $100 million extension in September—after postponing the signing by four hours to accommodate a morning workout—he called Bucks co-owner Wes Edens at his hotel in Ireland. “I just wanted to say thank you for the money,” Antetokounmpo started. “It means so much to me and my family. I’m going to work very hard for it.” Then he offered to buy friends and family steak at the Capital Grille in Milwaukee for lunch. When the meat arrived, with appetizers and side dishes, Giannis looked alarmed. “I don’t know who’s paying for all this,” he cracked, “because I only said I’d get the steak.”

Three months later he walks into the practice gym the morning after a home-and-home with the Cavaliers, 76 minutes in close proximity to LeBron James. “You feel different after you play him,” Antetokounmpo reports. “Your legs, your body, you’re sore everywhere. Sometimes you have to lie to yourself, lie to your mother: ‘Yeah, I’m good, I’m good.’ ” The team has the day off. “But where else do I have to be?” he asks. He plays two-on-two. He shoots along the arc with Sweeney. Rookie Thon Maker mops the floor. Antetokounmpo’s three-point percentage, 29.3 this season, right around his career mark, is still the source of much consternation. Judging by his practice sessions, it will spike soon, and then there won’t be any way left to defend him. “When I’m coaching,” muses the 39-year-old Terry, “he’ll be pretty much unguardable.”

The next night, against Washington, Antetokounmpo starts the game with a reverse layup, a midrange pull-up, a pair of sweeping hooks and finger rolls. The Wizards can’t keep him out of the lane or off the free throw line. He dunks off a Eurostep, a lob, a back-cut and a put-back. He dunks over Kelly Oubre, Otto Porter and Markieff Morris, flexing as they wince. When Morris fouls him hard on a breakaway, Antetokounmpo sprints over to ask him about it. He has 24 points in the first half, Milwaukee has 73, and the Cream City Clash in Section 222 chant: “Can’t Stop Gian-nis!” He looks as long as Durant, as strong as Davis, as ferocious as Westbrook. He’s got Dirk’s fadeaway, with the right knee raised, and a nifty two-handed scoop all his own.

He finds Parker for a dunk and a layup, Henson for a layup, Dellavedova for a short J. Leading the break, he whips a pass to Terry in the corner for three. I got you, bro. In the post he backs down a trio of Wizards and kicks out to Malcolm Brogdon for another three. With 6:26 left he stands on the free throw line, and the locals break out a rare MVP chant. He has a career-high 39 points. He craves the 40-ball. He tries to settle himself, but the second free throw rims out, and Kidd calls him to the bench. The Bucks lead by 27, which will be their final margin. He winks at Alex, his youngest brother, behind the courtside seats.

In the locker room afterward, players scatter for Christmas, two days away. “Stay out of the gym!” swingman Tony Snell cautions, and Antetokounmpo surreptitiously shakes his head. “I don’t know,” he mutters. A few minutes later the black Explorer turns right on North 4th Street, toward the snow-covered bridge, taking the league’s most unlikely driver to a place only he can see.ic fever dream that is Giannis Antetokounmpo on a basketball court. Basketball fans now call him “The Greek Freak,” a name he’s fully earned with his play.

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Antetokounmpo’s dizzying skill-set is exemplified in those passes. At the end of last season, with the playoffs out of reach, Bucks coach Jason Kidd began experimentally playing the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo, who has the height of a center, at point guard.

The results were exhilarating for Bucks fans, and terrifying for the rest of the league. In the team’s final 26 games last season, Antetokounmpo registered five triple doubles, two more than any Bucks player had ever registered in a full season, according to Fox Sports Wisconsin. He averaged 18.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 1.9 blocks per game — eye-popping numbers for any NBA player, let alone a 21-year-old who not long ago was playing in Greece’s second division.

But those days — like the days of wondering whether the family fridge would be full or empty — are now a world away.

“It’s a wonderful feeling. I can’t describe how excited I feel, you know,” Antetokounmpo told Sager on draft day in 2013. “It’s a dream come true.”

 

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