At just 25 years old, reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo has led the Milwaukee Bucks to a league-best 53-12 record and is the odds-on favorite to capture top individual honors again as the NBA prepares to restart its season at Disney World.
However, when looking at the accommodations in Orlando, the son of immigrants from Nigeria, born in Athens, Greece, doesn't forget his beginnings.
"Now my situation, I'm extremely blessed," Antetokounmpo said in a video conference on Monday. "I cannot complain. Obviously, it doesn't matter where you are in life, there's always something to complain (about). There's always a problem or issue, but I try to kind of not focus on that.
"As I said, my apartment in Greece when I was younger with my four brothers was way smaller than the suite I have here in the hotel. So, you know, I'm just kind of trying to enjoy the moment."
Most players representing the 22 teams that will continue to play out the 2019-20 season have cleared their quarantine period and are now living at the NBA's Disney World campus. The clubs were assigned to one of the three luxury accommodations at the theme park: The Gran Destino Tower, the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and the Yacht Club Resort.
Players on teams that advance the furthest during the postseason could spend over three months at the site. The latest possible date for Game 7 of the 2020 NBA Finals is Oct. 13.
"This is something special," Antetokounmpo added, referring to the remainder of the season and the unique circumstances. "Hopefully this pandemic never happens again so we never (have to) to come back to campus. But at the end of the day, it's a part of history.
"Just being able to be here, participate in this, I'm just trying to be in the moment, try to enjoy every moment, try to enjoy basketball. I'm happy to be back playing basketball, something that I love doing, so there's nothing really to complain about."