A young man from Greece with serious health problems made his dream true when he flew to to Milwaukee to meet his basketball hero Giannis Antetokounmpo.
15-year-old Dimitris Zamanis is living with a blood condition called aplastic anemia.
Together with his brother and mother he flew all the way from Trikala, central Greece, to meet the Greek Freak on Tuesday, Feb. 13, in a trip made possible by Make-A-Wish Greece and Make-A-Wish Wisconsin.
The two met during training. Antetokounmpo gave Zamanis shooting tips. They also teamed up to re-enact what looked like Giannis’ jaw-dropping dunk that went viral during a game last week.
“It’s definitely the best day of my life,” said Zamanis.
Make-a-Wish flew Dimitris Zamanis, a 15-year-old who suffers from aplastic anemia, all the way from Greece to watch Giannis play 🙏
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 14, 2018
Tuesday night, the Zamanis family had court-side seats for the Bucks’ game against Atlanta at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, where Antetokounmpo also asked Zamanis to rebound for him during warm-ups.
“I was about to cry, because his dream came true,” said his mother Haroula. “He loves and admires Giannis. I’m thrilled his wish came true. We had really hard and difficult times.”