Giannis Antetokounmpo’s intrinsic feel for basketball play struck onlookers soon after he unwound an 18-year-old body of tree limbs in his NBA debut for Milwaukee in 2013.
At 6-feet-11, Antetokounmpo appears to show the stride and speed of a cheetah. The ball disappears into his foot-long hand width like a stranger’s handshake. His outstretched arms would cover Kristaps Porzingis head to toe, making the Bucks’ “Greek Freak” even more of an outlier because he often plays point guard.
Each dimension to Antetokounmpo’s game is special, but his mental makeup proved as valuable as his physical form for chasing dreams.
Growing up in Greece, the chase was about peddling...