Giannis Antetokounmpo

Born into poverty, Giannis not complaining on NBA bubble

Delfin Dioquino
As other players complain about the NBA bubble conditions, reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo says he is in a 'situation where I'm extremely blessed'

Having spent his childhood years in poverty in Greece, Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo found no problems in the bubble set up by the NBA in Orlando.

The reigning NBA MVP said he is glad to be playing basketball again and to be part of history as the league resumes its aborted season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m in a situation where I’m extremely blessed and I cannot complain,” Antetokounmpo said.

“Obviously, it does not matter where you are in life, there is always something to complain about, there is always a problem and an issue. But I try to kind of not focus on that.”

Antetokounmpo used to sell goods in the streets of his hometown Athens and sleep on the sidelines of the basketball court where he and his brothers trained when they were teenagers.

“My apartment in Greece when I was younger with my 4 brothers was way smaller than the suite that I have in the hotel so I’m just trying to enjoy the moment,” Antetokounmpo said.

Former NBA player Jay Williams slammed current players for being “tone deaf” for complaining about the food and accommodation in the bubble.

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid joked about losing 50 pounds because of the food, while Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo compared his room to that of Motel 6, a chain of budget motels.

Antetokounmpo said he is just trying to enjoy the moment.

“This is part of history so just being able to be here and participate in this, I’m just trying to be in the moment and try to enjoy basketball.”

“I’m happy that we’re back playing basketball, something that I love doing. There is really nothing to complain about.”

The NBA will return to action on July 30. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.