The trip to the US for the NBA Draft, the prayer to be chosen and the stress of finding a suit. The 3rd episode of the Nike documentary deals with the first moments of Giannis Antitokoumbo in the USA before competing in the NBA.
“In Greece we did not know that we had a player who could play in the NBA. And he just left overnight “, says at the beginning of the documentary Nikos Gikas (then his teammate at Philathlitikos), for Giannis to take the floor and say:
“I remember being in New York and thinking. Okay, tomorrow is NBA Draft night. Please let me choose a group. That was all I cared about. “Whichever team chose me, I would work as hard as I could to become a good player and contribute to my family.”
The documentary then deals with the family’s anxiety to find a costume for the NBA Draft process, with Thanasis Antetokunbo stressing that “the day before the draft we were told we had to buy costumes and we thought it was a lot of money, but it came a company and offered us suits and we did it “, to be described later by Giannis when he heard his name from David Stern:
“I heard my name and then everything goes off. “I remember being on stage and shaking David Stern’s hand, nothing else.”
John Horst (GM of the Bucks) for his part mentions about the first moments of John in Milwaukee that “he came to Milwaukee alone, so we had to teach him many things, such as shopping at the grocery store, eating the right food and he sleeps properly “.
In closing, Giannis remembered with nostalgia his rookie season, describing a funny incident in a training session when he did not know the names of his teammates:
“I learned to drive in my first year, to open a bank account, something I never had. I was 18 years old and I was doing adult things I had never done before. I did not even know the NBA players and my teammates. I remember that in my first training session I was on the same team as Jay Mayo and they told me “you will be with Jay” and I asked “who is he? You do not want to know how he reacted! “
Watch the beautiful third episode: