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Giannis : the improbable rise of an NBA MVP / Mirin Fader.

Fader, Mirin, (author.).

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  • 0 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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1 current hold with 1 total copy.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Moorhead Public Library 921 ANT (Text) 33500013470901 New On holds shelf -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780306924125
  • ISBN: 0306924129
  • Physical Description: xvi, 379 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2021.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Hunger -- Dreaming -- Stateless -- Found -- America -- Lonely -- Hope -- Reunited -- Mean -- Star -- Loss -- Identity -- Freak -- MVP -- Home.
Summary, etc.:
"As the face of the NBA's new world order, Giannis Antetokounmpo has overcome unfathomable obstacles to become a symbol of hope for people all over the world, the personification of the American Dream. But his backstory remains largely untold, and Fader unearths new information about the childhood that shaped "The Greek Freak"--from sleeping side by side with his brothers to selling trinkets on the side of the street with his family to the racism he experienced in Greece. Antetokounmpo grew up in an era when Golden Dawn, Greek's far-right, anti-immigrant party, patrolled his neighborhood, and his status as an illegal immigrant largely prevented him from playing for Greek's top clubs, making his rise to the NBA all the more improbable. Fader tells a deeply-human story of how an unknown, skinny, Black-Greek teen, who played in the country's lowest pro division and was seen as a draft gamble, transformed his body and his game into MVP material."--Provided by publisher..
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 August #1
    As one NBA coach explained, "If you've got nine things to do to stop Milwaukee, he's eight of them." He being Giannis Antetokounmpo, the 26-year-old two-time MVP (2019, 2020) and holder of the largest contract in NBA history ($228 million for five years). Born in Athens into desperate poverty, the son of Nigerian immigrants, Antetokounmpo has one of the more remarkable stories in pro sports, and TheRinger.com staffer Fader does a fine job of reconstructing a childhood bathed in love by family but challenged at every step by racial discrimination, grinding poverty, and doubt. Antetokounmpo picked up the game late, as a teenager, but keen-eyed coaches could see his unparalleled work ethic, humility, selflessness, respect for teammates and coaches, and, of course, his physical potential. Fader tracks his unlikely ascent to the NBA as the fifteenth overall pick in 2013, his ungainly and inconsistent early play, and his hard-won emergence as the dominant force in today's game. With the Bucks having just won the 2021 NBA finals—and Antetokounmpo winning the MVP award for the series—this title certainly will be in postseason demand. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Mirin Fader is a senior staff writer for The Ringer. She wrote for Bleacher Report from 2017 to 2020. Her work has been honored by the Pro Writers Basketball Association, the Associated Press Sports Editors, the U.S. Writers Basketball Association, the Football Writers Association of America, and the Los Angeles Press Club. She was named a Top Women in Media in the "Up and Comer" category in 2019, and her work has been featured in the "Best American Sports Writing" series. Fader has profiled some of the NBA's biggest stars, including Giannis Antetokounmpo, Ja Morant, Brandon Ingram, and LaMelo Ball, but she focuses more on the person rather than the player. Her approach is that she writes about people who happen to play sports, telling the backstories that shape some of our most complex, most dominant, heroes.

Subject: Antetokounmpo, Giannis, 1994-
Basketball players > Greece > Biography.
Athletes, Black > Greece > Biography.
Milwaukee Bucks (Basketball team)
Genre: Biographies.

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