On Monday night, the NBA announced its award winners for the 2018-2019 season. Milwaukee Bucks combo forward Giannis Antetokounmpo beat out Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George and last year’s NBA MVP James Harden to become just the fifth player born outside the United States to win the league’s top individual honor. But the journey in climbing the mountain top was a humbling one for the “Greek Freak” as he experienced some episodes of trials and tribulations.
While playing for a team with the worst record in the league (12-47) during his rookie campaign in 2013-2014, a youthful, Antetokounmpo was still learning how to adjust to America culture after being a promising prospect in his hometown of Athens, Greece. Only at 19, he had to experience some growing pains to enjoy the success that was coming his way. One time he had to run a mile from a local Western Union to get to a Bucks home game.