Giannis Antetokounmpo wants to get back to his Nigerian roots
Giannis Antetokounmpo has quickly become one of the most recognizable basketball players in the entire world. As the Milwaukee Bucks superstar’s profile to continues to grow across the globe, though, he can’t help but wonder what life was like for older generations of his family living in Africa.
In a story by Marc Spears of The Undefeated, Antetokounmpo stresses that he won’t be forgetting his roots any time soon and has plans to go to Nigeria, where both his mother and father were raised.
“I want to see where my family comes from, where my mom was raised, see my family, see where my dad was raised. That is very important. I hope my kids can do the same thing for me,” he said. “Obviously, I am going to have kids that are going to grow up in the U.S., but one day I hope they can go back [to Greece] and visit and see where I grew up, the playground I was playing.”
Antetokounmpo was born in Athens, Greece, three years after his parents moved there from Lagos, Nigeria. He and his brothers spent their formative years helping the family make ends meet by selling merchandise on the streets of Sepolia.
Just 23, Antetokounmpo is still only scratching the surface of his utmost potential. The MVP frontrunner is averaging 27.0 points, 12.6 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting a ridiculous 57.9 percent from the floor. Milwaukee is 48-16, with not just the league’s best record, but also its top net rating by a significant margin.