In Today's Issue: Giannis Antetokounmpo Makes History and Carries Bucks to NBA Title

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Giannis Antetokounmpo leaped into the NBA history books Tuesday, finishing off a season that shattered multiple records with his electrifying 50-point performance leading the Milwaukee Bucks to their first championship in a half century. The 26-year-old tour de force joins former Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan as the only player ever to win multiple NBA MVP awards, Finals MVP, All-Star Game MVP, and Defensive Player of the Year. 

Despite nearly missing the beginning of the series with a hyperextended left knee, the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo averaged 35.2 points and 13.2 rebounds per game in the Finals. The Bucks won the NBA championship with a 105-98 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

His feat is all the more impressive for defying the odds. He was the 15th pick in the 2013 NBA draft as a largely unknown Greek-born teenager of impoverished parents of Nigerian descent. When he entered the league, he didn’t know where his next meal was coming from.

Antetokounmpo hopes his long and winding road inspires others. “This should make every person, every kid, anybody around the world believe in their dreams,” he said. “No matter whatever you feel when you’re down, when you don’t think it’s going to happen for you or you might not make it in your career — might be basketball, might be anything — just believe in what you’re doing and keep working.”

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Giannis Antetokounmpo leaped into the NBA history books Tuesday. He helped lead the Milwaukee Bucks to an NBA championship over the Phoenix Suns. The win was the Bucks' first championship in 50 years. He scored 50 points during the game. The 26-year-old tour de force joins former Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan as the only player ever to win multiple NBA MVP awards, Finals MVP, All-Star Game MVP, and Defensive Player of the Year.

 

Antetokounmpo almost missed the beginning of the series due to a knee injury. However, the 6-foot-11 player averaged 35.2 points and 13.2 rebounds per game in the Finals. The Bucks won 105-98.

 

His feat is all the more impressive for defying the odds. He was the 15th pick in the 2013 NBA draft. Antetokounmpo was a largely unknown Greek-born teenager of impoverished parents of Nigerian descent when he was drafted. He didn’t know where his next meal was coming from when he joined the league.

 

Antetokounmpo hopes to inspire others. “This should make every person, every kid, anybody around the world believe in their dreams,” he said. “No matter whatever you feel when you're down, when you don't think it's going to happen for you or you might not make it in your career -- might be basketball, might be anything -- just believe in what you're doing and keep working."

Giannis Antetokounmpo leaped into the NBA history books Tuesday when he helped lead the Milwaukee Bucks to an NBA championship over the Phoenix Suns. The win was the Bucks' first championship in 50 years. He scored 50 points during the game. The 26-year-old tour de force joins former Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan as the only player ever to win multiple NBA MVP awards, Finals MVP, All Star Game MVP, and Defensive Player of the Year.

 

Antetokounmpo almost missed the beginning of the series due to a hyperextended left knee. However, the 6-foot-11 player averaged 35.2 points and 13.2 rebounds per game in the Finals. The Bucks won 105-98.

 

His feat is all the more impressive for defying the odds. He was the 15th pick in the 2013 NBA draft as a largely unknown Greek-born teenager of impoverished parents of Nigerian descent. When he entered the league, he didn’t know where his next meal was coming from.

 

Antetokounmpo hopes his long and winding road inspires others. “This should make every person, every kid, anybody around the world believe in their dreams,” he said. “No matter whatever you feel when you're down, when you don't think it's going to happen for you or you might not make it in your career -- might be basketball, might be anything -- just believe in what you're doing and keep working."

Giannis Antetokounmpo leaped into the NBA history books Tuesday, culminating a season that shattered multiple records with his electrifying 50-point performance leading the Milwaukee Bucks to their first championship in a half century. The 26-year-old tour de force joins former Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan as the only player ever to win multiple NBA MVP awards, Finals MVP, All-Star Game MVP, and Defensive Player of the Year. 

 

Despite nearly missing the beginning of the series with a hyperextended left knee, the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo averaged 35.2 points and 13.2 rebounds per game in the Finals, ending with the Bucks’ 105-98 victory Tuesday over the Phoenix Suns to capture the NBA title.

 

His feat is all the more impressive for defying the odds. He was the 15th pick in the 2013 NBA draft as a largely unknown Greek-born teenager of impoverished parents of Nigerian descent. When he entered the league, he didn’t know where his next meal was coming from.

 

Antetokounmpo hopes his long and winding road to the pinnacle of the NBA inspires others. “This should make every person, every kid, anybody around the world believe in their dreams,” he said. “No matter whatever you feel when you're down, when you don't think it's going to happen for you or you might not make it in your career  - might be basketball, might be anything -- just believe in what you're doing and keep working."

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US Politics (Grades 11-12)

Biden Executive Orders Will Reverse Trump Policies

President-elect Joe Biden plans to sign a flurry of executive orders soon after his inauguration tomorrow. He plans to address what he’s calling the four crises facing the country. They are COVID-19, the economic downturn, racial injustice, and climate change.

An executive order is a written directive from the president carrying powers similar to a federal law. Presidents have historically used these orders to push policies forward quickly because they do not require approval from Congress. The downside of executive orders is that they are easily overturned by any new president. That is not true for federal laws.

Among other moves overturning Trump administration policies, Biden’s orders will return the US to the Paris Climate Accord and to the Iran nuclear deal.

Related to the pandemic, Biden will require face masks on federal properties and during interstate travel. Other orders will be aimed at safely reopening schools and businesses.

On immigration, Biden will order agencies to determine how to reunite children separated from their families after crossing the US-Mexico border. Another order will end travel restrictions targeting majority-Muslim countries.

Other orders will address “equity and support communities of color,” criminal justice reform, and access to healthcare.

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