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In a forthcoming Prime Video documentary titled Giannis: The Marvelous Journey, NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo unveils a deeply personal revelation about his basketball career.

The Milwaukee Bucks’ forward admits that he came close to abandoning the sport in 2017, following the heartbreaking loss of his father, Charles Antetokounmpo, to a heart attack.

Reflecting on that challenging period in his life, Giannis candidly recalls moments of despair when he contemplated walking away from basketball altogether.

“I said, ‘I don’t want to play anymore. I don’t want to play anymore,'” he shares in the documentary trailer released on Wednesday, offering a glimpse into his emotional turmoil.

However, despite grappling with grief and uncertainty, Giannis ultimately found the inner strength to persevere. In a poignant moment captured in the documentary, he shares a powerful realization that motivated him to continue his journey in the NBA.

“We’re all going to die one day, so go conquer the world,” Giannis reflects, offering a glimpse into his resilient mindset.

Since overcoming that pivotal moment in his life, Giannis has emerged as one of the most dominant forces in basketball, achieving remarkable success on and off the court.

With back-to-back MVP awards and a historic championship victory with the Bucks in 2021, Giannis’s journey serves as a testament to his resilience, perseverance, and unwavering spirit.