Bucks fans excited to watch new movie about Giannis, the Antetokounmpo family
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Before he was a first-round draft pick for the Milwaukee Bucks, earning two MVP honors, a Defensive Player of the Year award and an NBA championship, Giannis Antetokounmpo was sharing a pair basketball sneakers with his brothers in Greece.
That's just one of the nuggets you will learn about Milwaukee's basketball superstar in the new Disney movie 'Rise'.
"He's a very wholehearted person. That just comes from the way he grew up," said Uche Agada in a promotional video for the movie. Agada will be playing Giannis. "All he had was his family. When you grow up like that, you don't take life for granted."
The movie focuses on the Antetokounmpo family's 'rags to riches' story, coming from nothing in Greece to having three NBA champions in the family.
The Antetokounmpo brothers can be seen at the film's premier Thursday night, on June 23, with Thanasis and Giannis encouraging folks to stream the film.
Bucks fans are excited to do just that.
"Definitely. I'll check it out," said James Claridge, a Bucks fan visiting the team's pro shop Thursday from London, England. "You don't see many stories like that. I just think, to show everyone you can make it, even from Greece, it will be amazing to see."
Izaac Ramirez feels the same way, adding that he's excited to see the story of Giannis and his family inspire the world on the television screen, just as his play on the basketball court does.
"I'm definitely going to watch it," Ramirez said. "Giannis inspires people; inspires kids. Even on Disney+, It'll grow the game and Milwaukee, too."
Ramirez says it's Giannis' actions off the court, as well as on it, that make number 34 so easy to cheer for.
"I like his mentality. He's all about the community, too," Ramirez added. "He's humble, too. I like seeing him win."
'Rise' will start streaming on Disney+ June 24.