Giannis Antetokounmpo was born in Greece to Nigerian parents who immigrated there to seek a better, safer life. His parents worked as street peddlers and on an orange farm, but that’s not lucrative work. The family struggled to make ends meet.
Their son’s talent for basketball was undeniable, though financial limitations meant that they could only afford one pair of shoes for Giannis and his brothers, who were forced to share the pair. When it appeared Giannis could make it professionally, the family made the difficult decision to ration their food so Giannis could have enough to keep growing and developing.