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New Giannis Antetokounmpo Documentary Now on Amazon Prime

Antetokounmpo Documentary
A large mural of Giannis. Credit: chris.rycroft, CC BY 2.0.

A documentary on Amazon Prime Video today will feature the improbable story of Milwaukee Bucks basketball superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo from poverty in Athens to the heights of the NBA.

The 1-hour, 48-minute documentary called Giannis: The Marvelous Journey was produced by Improbable Media, which Antetokounmpo and ESPN basketball analyst Jay Williams co-founded. It will debut on February 19th.

On X, formerly known as Twitter, Antetokounmpo announced the launch of Improbable Media and its first feature-length production.

The documentary is the “true story of me and my family’s journey”

“It’s the true story about me and my family’s journey and I can’t wait to share it with you,” the post reads.

“Giannis: The Marvelous Journey,” features interviews with Antetokounmpo and his family, including former Bucks head coach Jason Kidd, teammates Kris Middleton, Jrue Holiday, TNT commentators Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson, and assistant coach Vin Baker.

“Through every turn of my journey, I realize how unlikely it was that I ended up where I am today,” Antetokounmpo said in a press release.

“In everything that we do at Improbable Media, I want to inspire people from all backgrounds and walks of life on the power in making the improbable, probable in their lives, and I couldn’t be more excited to launch this new venture,” he said.

Antetokounmpo’s rise from selling sunglasses and other trinkets on the streets of Greece to becoming an NBA MVP has been remarkable—and gotten the attention of filmmakers.

In 2022, Disney released Rise, a drama about the Antetokounmpo family’s life in Greece culminating with Giannis being drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013.

In 2023, Antetokounmpo helped produce The Flagmakers about the large immigrant worker population at Eder Flag in Oak Creek. The Flagmakers won an Emmy for outstanding short documentary.

With the new documentary on Amazon Prime, fans will see footage of the Antetokounmpo family’s life in Nigeria and Greece and how his family overcame poverty to immigrate to the United States.

Antetokounmpo one of the most decorated players in NBA history

The 2023-24 season has been particularly stellar for Antetokounmpo. He’s dominating the court with an average of 30.2 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game. Moreover, his shooting accuracy is remarkable, with a career-high field goal percentage of 61.1 percent.

These statistics are not mere numbers but reflections of his growth as a player and his increasing impact on the game. As one of the most decorated players in NBA history, Athens-born Antetokounmpo won consecutive NBA Most Valuable Player Awards in 2019 and 2020, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James as the only players in NBA history to win two MVPs before turning twenty-six.

Along with his MVP award, he was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2020, becoming only the third player after Michael Jordan (1988) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1994) to win both awards in the same season.

In 2021, Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to their first NBA championship since 1971 and was named Finals MVP. The same year, he was honored as one of the league’s greatest players of all time by being named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.

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