In late November, Giannis Antetokounmpo and his Milwaukee Bucks teammates had just finished practicing at the University of California in Berkeley. On the walk back to the team bus, Antetokounmpo was approached by a few autograph seekers holding portraits of him. The 6-foot-11 forward obliged and continued on his way. Before hopping on the bus, one of his teammates asked why he chose to sign the items, knowing the autograph seekers would probably only attempt to hawk them. Antetokounmpo responded: "I signed them because that used to be me." Struggling and hustling is what the two-time All-Star is all too familiar with. "You can just never forget where you came from," Antetokounmpo told ESPN. "I know that they're going to go out there and they're going to sell it, but I used to be that little kid or that little guy that was selling stuff in the street. "So, just growing up and going through life and how tough life was for me and my family, I'm always going to stay humble. Even now, it doesn't really matter if I've got a $100 million contract or a $100 million Nike contract, it's the way I grew up, it's the way I go through life. I'm not changing." Growing up in his native Greece, it was a day-to-day struggle to survive. Antetokounmpo's parents were Nigerian immigrants and found it difficult to obtain steady work. Securing funds, food and shelter became a collective family objective, and a young Antetokounmpo and his older brother, Thanasis, helped his parents sell products in the streets.
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