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At that time, Antetokounmpo had only dabbled in basketball and was mostly interested in soccer. “He could not make a layup and he could not dribble,” says Spiros Velliniatis. But the teenager’s character impressed Velliniatis, with a determination and toughness that showed through. “He was a champion before he was a basketball player,” Velliniatis said.
Tzikas remembers times when the Antetokounmpo brothers were not welcome on the neighborhood courts. Most of the time, Tzikas said, the boys’ father took them to the courts and the kids were protected from violence. Besides helping find the boys’ parents jobs, Zivas said the general manager for Filathlitikos gave the family money to underscore the club’s commitment. The family eventually moved into a better neighborhood, closer to where the club was located. Once settled, Giannis prospered. “He was a leader in the youth team and quickly made it to the seniors,” Zivas recalls. “He was the team worker. The team expected him to rebound, block. (Scoring) points did not interest him.”
Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry, who played on the East celebrity squad, said he knew why Cuban chose to wear No. 46. “I think Mark did it [as], you know, it’s a statement,” he said. Trump posted a tweet about Cuban on Feb. 12, writing: “I know Mark Cuban well. He backed me big-time, but I wasn’t interested in taking all of his calls. He’s not smart enough to run for president!”
“I can see myself being one of the top players in the league,” Antetokounmpo said. “It’s definitely a goal of mine. It’s not a goal of mine, why am I playing basketball? I am not playing just to play basketball. I am not playing just to chase goals. I am playing to win. By doing that, everything will take care of itself.”
“It’s huge for him. But it’s huge for the franchise because now we feel like we are doing something right,” Kidd said. “He has to believe that he is doing something right because it’s not just the fans who voted him in. Now you look at all the parts of the people who vote. You have players and the media and he was right behind The King [James].”