US President Joe Biden hails Giannis Antetokounmpo for his journey to NBA

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US President Joe Biden hails Giannis Antetokounmpo for his journey to NBA

Unied States President Joe Biden welcomed the Milwaukee Bucks into the White House and he suggested that he is happy for the success Giannis Antetokounmpo has accomplished. "At just 26 years old, you're just getting started," Biden said.

"What makes it even more special is you won the title with your brother, who is here today. And you join another brother already with a ring. What a hell of a family. Sons living the dream of an immigrant family from Nigeria and then Greece in search of new opportunity.

In struggles, they always dreamed. Brothers who once had to share the same basketball shoes, all five of them, before they got to the NBA." The Bucks were the first team to visit the White House in five years since NBA teams refused to visit the White House while Donald Trump was at the office.

"You grow up and you watch games, you watch the playoffs, you see teams win championships, and it's just always part of that post celebration to see teams going to the White House," Bucks center Brook Lopez said.

"It's amazing and humbling to be part of that tradition. It's very cool."

Antetokounmpo was grateful to Biden

"On behalf of my teammates, the coach staff, the Bucks organization, we are very grateful for this opportunity," Antetokounmpo said.

"You know, a kid from Sepolia, Athens, Greece, grew up from two Nigerian parents. They were struggling every day to provide for us -- illegal in a -- a country. They didn't go home at the time. "It's an unbelievable opportunity to be able to be in the White House meeting the president of the United States.

I could not be as honored and happy that something like this ever -- ever comes -- something like this in my life." Antetokounmpo admitted he got a little bit emotional after hearing Biden speak about his jourmey. "I got a little emotional," Antetokounmpo said.

"I know how much [my family] sacrificed because this doesn't go back eight years. This goes way back since I was a kid." Several Bucks players met with Susan Rice, the director of the United States Domestic Policy Council, to discuss criminal justice reform, police reform and voting rights.

"The conversation was awesome," Bucks guard Jrue Holiday said. "She just told us about things they are doing, and she also wanted to hear from us. "One of the biggest things for us is just to be heard. So we got to ask some questions, ask what we can do to push things forward, what we want to do going forward, so it was a really great conversation."