"Coming to America", the 1988 cult classic, remains an influential
centrepiece in the upbringing of Giannis Antetokounmpo. A favourite from
his youth, the film draws a glaring parallel between Giannis and Prince
Akeem, the character portrayed by comedic icon Eddie Murphy. Akeem
journeys from the fictional nation of Zamunda to America on a royal
quest to find the woman of his dreams who'll be his future queen.
Similarly, Giannis' hoop dreams from the European leagues in Athens,
Greece to the greatest stage in the world, the NBA, have made his hopes
of international crossover into a reality.