He was cute, and he would not give up. That’s how a lanky kid selling trinkets in the streets of Athens made enough money to help his poor family. Today, Giannis Antetokounmpo is far from poor but still has that childhood persistence propelling him to NBA stardom. The Milwaukee Bucks’ 23-year-old superstar talks to Steve Kroft on the next edition of 60 MINUTES Sunday, March 25 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Antetokounmpo, or as he is called, “The Greek Freak,” is nearly seven feet tall and can play all positions because he is gifted with athleticism rarely seen in big men. He’s averaging 27 points a game and earned the most all-star votes from his NBA peers. In the public all-star voting, the only player to finish ahead of Antetokounmpo was the NBA’s reigning king, LeBron James.
He tells Kroft his success comes from his dogged persistence honed as a child street hawker. “I was the best [salesman]. I was really good at it.” It was out of necessity. He and his brother sold items like glasses and watches on the streets to help their parents, who, as Nigerian immigrants, had no papers and could not get work. “I didn’t give up,” he tells Kroft, adding that being young and cute helped.
Asked if he was still like that, Antetokounmpo replies, “Persistent in life? I think yes. I am. I’m going to do something until I get it right.”
Antetokounmpo is still trying to get it right, despite the spectacular plays he makes and the fat stats he’s putting up. Asked if he thinks he’s going to get even better, he replies, “I have to. There’s not a choice. I’m really scared of failing. So I’ve got to get better.”
STORMY DANIELS – The adult film star known as “Stormy Daniels” talks to Anderson Cooper about the relationship she says she had with Donald Trump in 2006 and 2007, revealing details that bring her story up to the present. This is the first and only television interview in which she speaks about the alleged relationship. Andy Court is the producer. THIS IS A DOUBLE-LENGTH SEGMENT
THE GREEK FREAK – Giannis Antetokounmpo, who went from selling trinkets in the streets of Athens as a boy to landing a $100 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, is making big waves in the NBA. Steve Kroft reports. Draggan Mihailovich is the producer.
The 60 MINUTES interview with Stormy Daniels, the adult-film star and director who says she had an affair with Donald Trump, will be broadcast on Sunday, March 25 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Daniels talks to Anderson Cooper about the relationship she says she had with Mr. Trump in 2006 and 2007, revealing details that bring her story up to the present. It is the first and only television interview in which she speaks about the alleged relationship.
The president has denied having an affair with Daniels.
The 60 MINUTES segment will include an examination of the potential legal and political ramifications of the $130,000 payment that Mr. Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen says he made to Daniels using his own funds. Daniels accepted the money in return for signing a confidentiality agreement.
Cooper conducted the interview earlier this month after Cohen obtained a temporary restraining order against Daniels and she sued the president in state court in California. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is seeking a ruling that the confidentiality agreement between her and the president is invalid, in part because Mr. Trump never signed it. The president’s attorneys are seeking to move the case to federal court and claim Daniels is liable for more than $20 million in damages for violations of the agreement.