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captioning funded by cbs and ford. we go further, so you can. >> in all of the years we've been coming to afghanistan's capital city of kabul, it's never been this dangerous. so dangerous that american personne÷ you can hear how bad it's become in the afghan president's voice. your soldiers and your policemen are dying in unprecedented numbers. >> indeed. >> how long can that be sustained? >> until we secure afghanistan. >> how long is that? how long until you secure it? generations, if need be! >> the u.s. isn't going to be here for generations. >> we will be here for generations. we do not need others to fight our fight. >> you have the sea coming, and the river coming.
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>> chef joseé andrees went to te devastated island a few days after the storm, to see how he could help. he began doing what he does best. he found a kitchen, bought some ingredients, and began to cook. that first day, andreés and his small team made about a thousand meals. ( andreés singing ) since then, he's recruited an army of chefs and volunteers, and together, they've served more than 3.5 million meals to the hungry people of puerto rico. >> february, madison square garden. bucks versus the knicks. a stolen pass, a fast break. watch gis onhe r it was so quick, most people missed what actually happened. you have to slow it down and watch carefully to notice that the greek freak leapt right over
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it's lasted over 16 years, and in that time, america's goals and strategies have changed. now there's another new plan. president trump has sent 3,000 more troops to train and assist the afghan army. but in the afghan capital, you don't have to go far to see the problems. kabul is so dangerous, american diplomats and soldiers are not allowed to use the roads. as we first reported earlier this year, they can't drive just two miles from the airport to u.s. headquarters. they have to fly. after all these years, a trillion dollars, and 2,400 american lives, kabul is under siege. this is rush hour at kabul international airport-- a swarm of helicopters that's earned the nickname "embassy air." it's how americans and their
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allies working at the u.s. embassy and military headquarters travel back and forth from the airport. it's just a five-minute flight. the chopper we boarded was making its tenth trip of the day. >> seat belts on at all times! no smoking! everyone good? >> logan: a few years ago, american convoys regularly drove on the airport road below. now, the view from the helicopter window is all most on board will see of kabul. they'll stay behind blast walls for the rest of their time in afghanistan. we wanted to know what it says about where we are in this war, if american troops can't drive two miles down a road in kabul. >> john nicholson: it's a country at war. and it's a capital that is under attack by a determined enemy. >> logan: no u.s. general has spent more time here than john nicholson, the cnd american forces in afghanistan.
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>> nicholson: we do everything possible to protect our forces. so protecting-- >> logan: you're not using the roads. >> nicholson: --protecting the lives of our troops is our number-one priority. if we can fly instead of drive and that offers them a greater degree of safety, then it's the prudent and the right thing to do. >> logan: in military terms, that's called surrendering the terrain. >> nicholson: i disagree. i think it's answering our moral imperative to protect the lives of our soldiers and civilians. so that's what we do. >> logan: but this isn't some remote outpost. it's the capital. when the u.s. first came here, the population was 500,000. now it's more than five million. refugees, people desperate for work, and terrorists have flooded kabul. general nicholson showed us how vulnerable the city has become. >> nicholson: a suicide bomber is going to go in here, he's going to kill himself. he doesn't care about his future. vastly easier than what the afghan security forces have to do. >> logan: because he doesn't have to have an exit strategy.
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>> nicholson: exactly. >> logan: how easy is it to infiltrate the city, especially one this big? >> nicholson: yeah, right now, it's easier than we would like. >> logan: general nicholson took command in 2016, shortly after the u.s. cut troop levels to fewer than 10,000. the enemy filled the vacuum. suicide bombers have terrorized kabul ever since, shattering police stations, mosques, and foreign embassies. this truck bomb last year killed 150 people. it was the deadliest attack in the capital since the start of the war. >> ashraf ghani: the level of brutality, the level of heartlessness, is unbelievable, and we have to muster all of our resources to be able to deal with this. >> logan: afghan president ashraf ghani rules from the presidential palace that's occupied the city center for
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more than a century. we noticed the walls around him and the rest of the city have expanded and grown taller since our last visit three years ago. some of the streets we traveled turned into tight corridors of 20-foot-high concrete barriers. it made it hard to tell where we were. parts of this city now are unrecognizable. what happened here? >> ghani: the war is changing from a war against armies to a war against people. >> logan: more civilians are dying in kabul every year, and your response is more walls. >> ghani: 21 international terrorist groups are operating in this country. dozens of suicide bombers are being sent. there are factories producing suicide bombers. we are under siege. >> logan: by terrorizing the people, the taliban have sown deep doubts about the government.
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the result: angry protestors in the capital chanting "death to ashraf ghani." if you can't secure the capital, how are you going to secure the rest of the country? >> ghani: you tell me. can you prevent the attack on new york? can you prevent the attack on london? >> logan: we're not talking about one attack. a series of attacks right here on your doorstep, a bomb that blew out the windows in your palace... >> ghani: absolutely. >> logan: ...that has turned this city into something of a concrete prison. >> ghani: what do you want? what's your alternative, ma'am? >> logan: what is the alternative? >> ghani: the alternative is resolve. >> logan: resolve has come at a heavy cost. in just four months last year, more than 4,000 afghan soldiers and police were wounded. another 2,500 killed. since then, ghani has refused to reveal casualty figures. as you'll see, it's a sensitive subject. your soldiers and your policemen are dying in unprecedented numbers.
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>> ghani: indeed. >> logan: how long can that be sustained? >> ghani: until we secure afghanistan. >> logan: how long is that? how long until you secure it? >> ghani: as long as it takes. generations, if need be! >> logan: the u.s. isn't going to be here for generations. >> ghani: we will be here for generations. we do not need others to fight our fights. >> logan: people in this country say that if the u.s. pulled out, your government would collapse in three days. >> ghani: from the resource perspective, they are absolutely right. we will not be able to support our army for six months without u.s. support, and u.s. capabilities. >> logan: did you just say that without the u.s. support, your army couldn't last six months? >> ghani: yes, because we don't have the money. >> logan: american taxpayers bankroll 90% of afghanistan's defense budget. that's more than $4 billion a year. another $30 billion has been spent rebuilding this country. a bustling city has risen from
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the ruins. but in all the years we've been coming here, it's never been this dangerous. checkpoints choke the traffic all over kabul. it was as difficult to film as it was to move. terrorists can strike at any time. nobody knows that better than the men of this elite counter- terrorism unit. they rush to the scene of every attack-- such as this one at a kabul mosque-- where a suicide bomber blew himself up just steps away. ( explosion ) they took us beyond the barbed wire to the main military hospital, the site of a chilling attack last year by the islamic state, one of the many terror groups with a foothold in kabul. the terrorists, they wore the white coats, like a doctor, right? we were told by commanders who were here that five terrorists disguised as doctors got past
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the hospital's heavy security. they were armed with assault rifles and a weapon that allowed them to quietly move from room to room. >> ahmed: they had the knife. and they killed a lot of people with that knife. >> logan: so they were stabbing people in their beds? stabbing patients? >> ahmed: stabbing patients in their beds, yeah, and opening their stomachs. >> logan: this former lieutenant led the assault force that stormed the building. we agreed to conceal his identity to protect him from reprisals. >> ahmed: they are very clever. and they can do anything inside. they get into the buildings and they start shooting around and show the weakness of the government. >> logan: reinforcements landed on the roof. on the ledges below, you can see hospital workers hiding. when cornered, the terrorists detonated grenades strapped to their chests. they murdered more than 50 people that day.
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afghans normally bury their dead in a simple cloth shroud. that's not possible when bodies are obliterated by suicide bombers. it happens so often now, kabul's carpenters have turned to something new-- making coffins. there's also greater demand for prosthetic limbs. this orthopedic clinic is run by the international committee of the red cross. you said the security situation is not getting any better. >> dr. alberto cairo: definitely not. i cannot say, i don't see any improvement. >> logan: dr. alberto cairo has worked at the clinic for 27 years. he told us he's treating more and more victims of terror attacks. >> logan: so, you know, many people far away from here think this war is over. >> cairo: what? the war is over? please. how can they think of anything
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like this? no. the war is going on. people are very desperate. people are, they have lost hope. >> logan: why do you say people have lost hope? >> cairo: if you consider that the lifespan of the people in afghanistan is around 60 years, it means that at least two- thirds of them have seen only war. war, war, war. >> logan: with america's new strategy, more troops are in, time limits are out, and pakistan is under pressure for being a safe haven for terrorists. general john nicholson believes this will end the war, something we've heard from previous commanders. do you have everything you need? >> nicholson: yeah, with the new policy, i do. >> logan: this is it, right? i mean, there's no more? this is the end game? >> nicholson: yes, this is the end game. this is a policy that can deliver a win. >> logan: nicholson is targeting taliban leaders-- this car carried one of their high- ranking commanders-- and striking their largest source of revenue, the drug labs that turn
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afghanistan's most common crop, opium, into heroin. the goal is to do what his predecessors have repeatedly tried and failed: force the taliban to cut a deal. in 16 years, not a single taliban fighter has renounced al qaeda or embraced, publicly embraced the afghan constitution. not a single one. >> nicholson: in private, they do. >> logan: they don't do it publicly. >> nicholson: but they do it in private. >> logan: it says it all that they won't do it publicly. >> nicholson: i agree with you. >> logan: right? so, why, all these years, people have been trying to bring the taliban to the negotiating table, they've never come? >> nicholson: well, i believe it's because they thought they could win. because they believed we had lost our will to win. because since 2009 when we announced the surge, we also announced our exit date. and so, why, if your enemy has announced when he's leaving, then why would you negotiate? >> logan: these people assisted osama bin laden and al qaeda, and we're now saying to the american people, "we can't defeat them, so we're going to negotiate and put them in the government."
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>> nicholson: no, we're killing them in large numbers. they can either lay down their weapons and rejoin society and be a part of the future of afghanistan, have a better life for their children and themselves, or they can die. >> logan: you know, many americans look at this and they say, "you know, we've been there 16 years. it's enough now. we should just come home." >> nicholson: our country hasn't been attacked in those 16 years. they haven't been attacked from afghanistan. >> logan: a lot of people at home just don't buy that terrorists are coming from afghanistan to attack them at home. they're worrying about the guy going to rent a truck from home depot and drive into a crowd of civilians. >> nicholson: well, this raises the point-- we need to defeat the ideology. if we were to lose here, or if we were to leave here, the cost would be unacceptable. why? it would embolden jihadists globally, those living in our own countries. it would convince them of the ultimate success of their cause. in my view, the cost of failure here is unacceptable. how are you? very good to see you guys. >> logan: general john nicholson
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told us he's giving himself two years to deliver major changes. but it's hard not to be skeptical in a city where the enemy has driven american forces from the roads, into the sky. since we first broadcast our story, general john nicholson has made securing the capital a priority. he's ordered more special operations missions inside kabul to target the taliban and terrorist networks attacking the city. >> lara logan looks back on 16 years covering the war in afghanistan. >> logan: i'm lara logan for cbs news, kabul. >> go to 60minutesovertime.com. sponsored by lyrica. to most people, i look like... ...most people. but on the inside, i feel chronic, widespread pain. fibromyalgia may be invisible to others,
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>> cooper: last week marked the official start of hurricane season. forecasters predict it will be another active one-- though not as brutal as last year's, when three major storms made landfall in parts of the u.s., including hurricane maria, which devastated the island of puerto rico. as we first reported in november, chef joseé andrees wet to puerto rico a few days after the storm hit, to see how he could help. he's an expert in avant-garde cooking, not disaster relief, but as soon as he got to puerto rico, chef andreés began doing what he does best. he found a kitchen, bought some ingredients, and began to cook. that first day, andreés and his small team made about a thousand meals. they recruited an army of chefs and volunteers, and since then, they've served more than 3.5 million meals to the hungry people of puerto rico. ( andreés singing )
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joseé andrees is always on the move. in the kitchen, which has become his base of operations in san juan, he's a culinary commander rallying his troops. ( andreés singing ) preparing meals for so many people is a massive undertaking, requiring trained chefs, thousands of volunteers, assembly lines of sandwiches-- 900 on this table alone. >> josé andrés: good ham, good cheese, a lot of mayo. >> cooper: there's a lot of mayonnaise here. it's all the more remarkable because none of this was set up before joseé andrees got to pueo rico. >> andres: i arrive monday, right after the hurricane, and i ask, "who is in charge of feeding the people of puerto rico?" and they told me, "everybody. everybody's in charge." you know, when you have to feed an entire island, you need to
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have one-- one person, and one organization, responsible. >> cooper: there has to be a plan. >> andres: has to be a plan, and somebody has to be responsible for achieving that plan. >> cooper: andreés came up with his own plan to feed as many of the island's nearly 3.5 million people as possible. he started with $10,000 of his own money, in cash, and pockets full of credit cards. how do you arrive at a place-- you know, you don't know where the food is; you don't know where access to water is. how did it get off the ground here? >> andres: so for me, it was not difficult. the first thing i do-- you're a chef, you go and try to find a kitchen. everybody was saying, "there's no food, there's no food." well, that was not true. the big food distribution companies had food, because they had fuel, they had diesel. they kept their refrigerators and the freezers working. >> cooper: there was food here. >> andres: plenty of food. >> cooper: what was the problem? >> andres: the problem was the urgency of "now." it's a very simple thing when you're a cook.
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when you're hungry, you gather the food, you gather your helpers, you begin cooking, and then you start feeding people. >> cooper: he joined up with local chef named jose enrique, and other volunteers, cooking enormous pans of paella and stews in a parking lot in san juan. it wasn't long before they were making more than 100,000 meals a day. how did you scale it up that quickly? >> andres: well, you know one thing, when these moments happen, we have a tendency to think, "oh, we have to feed three million people." almost, the idea is impossible. >> cooper: it seems overwhelming? >> andres: it's totally overwhelming, but all of a sudden, imagine you begin breaking this. we are going to be doing now 25,000 meals. when you do it well for two days, you increase it to 50,000. and when you do it well, you increase it to 100,000. and all of a sudden, you scale it up in a way that is simple. >> cooper: that's a big pan. >> andres: it's chicken, chickpeas. we try to put good amount of
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proteins, rice. every puerto rican, i love rice. >> cooper: ingredients are often improvised. they cook whatever they can buy. techniques are improvised as well. jennifer herrera says a prayer for puerto rico as she pours oil into each pan of rice. >> jennifer herrera (/translated/): god bless puerto rico. god bless puerto rico. >> cooper: the time it takes her to say "god bless puerto rico" is the exact amount of oil she says she needs. how many blessings do you give puerto rico every day? >> herrera: thousands of blessings. >> cooper: with the help of private donations and money from the federal government, joseé andreés' non-profit organization "world central kitchen" has prepared more hot meals than any of the other bigger, more experienced disaster relief organizations here, like the salvation army and the red cross. most agencies, if they're giving out food, they're giving out m.r.e.'s or snacks, or, not hot meals. >> andres: americans should be
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receiving one plate a day of hot food. that's not too much to ask in america. an m.r.e. is very expensive for the american taxpayer. a hot meal is more affordable-- it's cheaper. it's what people really need, it's what people really want. they feel all of a sudden that you are caring for them-- that america is caring for them. >> cooper: you're not just giving calories-- you're giving attention to people. >> andres: the calories are obvious, but this is a message of hope. this is a message, "we care, and be patient, things eventually will get better." >> cooper: that message of hope is one andreés has been preachig on social media... >> andres: so, great. we got a refrigerator and fresh produce. thank you, thank you, thank you! >> cooper: ...documenting his efforts to expand operations around the entire island. at the height of the emergency, he had 18 kitchens going at once, and used trucks, cars, and anyone he could find to deliver meals.
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>> andres: all of a sudden, i have homeland security helping us deliver sandwiches and water in the most difficult areas of the island. i had cooks from the u.s. coast guard helping us, volunteering. we were having so many different men and women coming from the federal government, helping us. ( rooster crowing ) >> cooper: there are still plenty of places that need the help. in this community an hour south of san juan, there's no electricity. this is the first hot meal this family has eaten in more than two weeks. andres' dedication has inspired others in puerto rico to set up kitchens of their own. in a church perched in the mountains of naguabo, pastor eliomar santana and his parishioners cook hot meals for neighboring communities with the rice, beans, and sausages andrés has provided them. >> eliomar santana: we have people here with no water, no--
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no lights. they lost everything in their house, and they have stopped thinking on that-- for helping others. >> cooper: so, even though some of your parishioners need help, they're still volunteering here? >> santana: yes, they're still volunteering. >> cooper: they're still trying to help other people? >> santana: they're still trying to help other people. >> cooper: before delivering the food to a nearby housing project, pastor santana thanks god, and then joseé andrees. in the church, when you were praying, you thanked god first, and second, you thanked joseé andreés. >> santana: yes, that's very important. but i have to say, always say god first, then joseé. >> cooper: well, joseé's in good company. andreés' presence has not been without controversy. he's been critical of the federal government's response to the hurricane, and after attending meetings with fema, the federal emergency management agency, he called their headquarters in san juan the most inefficient place on earth.
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was that the frustration? that it was just bureaucratic? that there were a lot of meetings and you felt like things weren't getting done? >> andres: we were already feeding 100,000 people a day, and i needed their help to make sure we had money to keep buying the food to keep feeding these never-ending needs of people in need. and there is where-- call it red tape. nothing was happening. >> cooper: fema did award andres' world central kitchen two short-term contracts worth $11.5 million to provide 1.8 million meals, but the agency refused to grant them a third, longer-term contract. andreés thinks the overall response to disaster relief needs to change. >> andres: the people of the federal government are great people. but then it's red tape, that sometimes doesn't allow that same people to be successful. i didn't put the name "emergency" in fema. i didn't. but somebody's going to have to tell me the meaning of emergency.
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to me, when we're talking about food and these-- the little thing i know-- is that emergency in food means one thing: people are hungry, and when you're hungry, it's today. >> cooper: fema says, "look, to negotiate a big contract, there's a bidding process. you have to have three different companies bidding on it. that there's federal government regulations." you say that gets in the way of...? >> andres: americans in puerto rico were hungry, and we were not delivering food quick enough. and what we did is, we didn't plan. we didn't meet. we began cooking and we began delivering food to the people in need in puerto rico. and what we need to make sure is that next time, we are not negotiating contracts. that next time, the federal government is ready to do what they are supposed to do next time something like this happens. maybe an earthquake, maybe another hurricane, or maybe a terrorist attack. we need to make sure we are ready, because the people of america don't deserve anything less.
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>> cooper: joseé andrees' passin for disaster relief is a far cry from what excited him when we first met him in his restaurant in beverly hills in 2010. back then, he was leading a kind of culinary revolution-- pioneering innovations in molecular gastronomy, marrying science with food in surprising and playful ways. >> andres: are you ready for this? because, i believe your life is going to change forever. i mean it. >> cooper: this is going to change my life? >> andres: maybe. okay! ( laughter ) >> cooper: i don't know why i keep doing stories about food, because i don't really eat much and never really think much about food. but it's so interesting to me how, for you, food is at the center of everything. >> andres: anderson, food touches everything. food is in our d.n.a. food touches the economy. food is science. food is romanticism.
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food is health. food has many of the opportunities to have a better tomorrow. >> cooper: that philosophy is at the heart of andreés' huriffobe. he founded world central kitchen after the earthquake in haiti in 2010. >> andres: you know, i've been here more than 25 times, to haiti. >> cooper: last june, months before hurricane maria hit puerto rico, we met up with andreés in haiti's capital, port-au-prince. >> andres: we should be having here... >> cooper: he supports an orphanage here, and has established a job training program for local chefs. he's also spearheading an effort to reduce the widespread use of charcoal in cooking. long-term exposure to smoke from cooking indoors on fires kills an estimated four million people worldwide every year, most of them women and children. andreés has provided cleaner- burning propane gas stoves to more than 100 schools in haiti,
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like this one in port-au-prince. i mean, focusing on stoves, on the idea of clean cook stoves, is not something that a lot of people think about. >> andres: i am a cook. i feed the few, but i've always been super interested in feeding the many. and when i've seen some of these women doing the change from the charcoal to the gas, everything changes around them. when we see these women cooking in the street with charcoal and we eat the plate of food, we should all be asking ourselves how that plate of food can really become an agent of change? >> cooper: an agent of change? >> andres: a true agent of change, one plate at a time. >> cooper: joseé andrees spent thanksgiving in puerto rico, continuing to feed people one plate at a time. this has been his biggest undertaking thus far. >> andres: every time there is a rainbow, you know things are going to get better. >> cooper: he still maintains a small presence on the island as life returns to normal, but he's already thinking about how he can do things better the next
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13 letters in his last name, most of them consonants, so he is usually referred to as giannis, or "the greek freak." he's called that because he is greek, and as we first reported in march, is doing things on a basketball court that people have never seen before. even if you aren't a basketball fan, you have to admire his athleticism, and a personal story that is one of the most interesting in all of sports. if that sounds like hype, we offer into evidence exhibit number one. february, madison square garden. bucks versus the knicks. a stolen pass, a fast break. watch giannis on the right. it was so quick, most people missed what actually happened. you have to slow it down and watch carefully to notice that the greek freak leapt right over a flabbergasted six-foot-six- inch defender, while catching the ball and stuffing it through the hoop. >> giannis antetokounmpo!
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>> kroft: the unpronounceable has become the unstoppable. how many steps does it take you to get down the court? >> giannis antetokounmpo: full level of the court? >> kroft: yeah. >> giannis antetokounmpo: six. >> kroft: how many from the foul line? >> giannis antetokounmpo: from the foul, one. maybe none. i can just jump from the foul line, i think. >> kroft: you're watching highlights that have gone viral on six continents. already a two-time all-star, he's listed in the program as a forward, but he plays every position from point guard to center, and leads the bucks in points, rebounds, and assists. this one surprised even giannis. >> giannis antetokounmpo: the hike pass that i did between my legs. that was one of the most i was like, wow, i, oh, wow, i just did that. >> kroft: had you ever done it before? >> giannis antetokounmpo: no. >> kroft: it just came to you? >> giannis antetokounmpo: it just came. >> kroft: it was a pretty good pass. >> giannis antetokounmpo: yeah. it was a really good pass. >> kroft: but it's his size and his coordination that intimidate. he has a wing span of seven feet, three inches. i've heard a lot about your hands. can i-- ?
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and his hands, which are a foot long, are thought to be the largest in the league. >> giannis antetokounmpo: they're huge. >> kroft: wow. they allow him to palm or cradle the basketball, as if it were an orange. john henson, giannis's teammate, has watched it all. >> john henson: he can jump over you, go around you, or go through you. >> kroft: and he's only 23. >> henson: he's only 23. phew! >> kroft: if you go back five years, henson was on the bucks when giannis joined as a rookie. playing in milwaukee was a much different experience then. the team was lousy, and half the seats were empty. >> henson: it was like a scrimmage out there, you know what i mean? it was a few people in the stands. we could hear our family. mom could give you advice, you know what i mean? it was one of those things. but now, it, you know, it's loud, it's rowdy ier ( cheers and applause ) ( crowd roars ) >> yes! >> kroft: on most nights now, the bradley center is hopping. giannis's presence has put the bucks and milwaukee back in the national conversation. the breweries that made it famous during the last century are mostly gone. now, it's antetokounmpo.
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>> peter feigin: he's an icon in a small city with a global appeal. >> kroft: peter feigin is president of the bucks. he says milwaukee may be a small city by n.b.a. standards, but giannis has put it on the world map, giving it a marketing sketball business. >> feigin: he's one of the great five, ten players in the n.b.a. at this time. and he's-- he's an international icon. so it transcends markets. >> kroft: so how big is the market outside the united states and outside of milwaukee? >> feigin: more than 50% of our digital traffic is from out of the u.s. you know, more of our video views are outside of the u.s. and it's growing. >> kroft: and giannis has a following like no other player in the n.b.a. ( cheers and applause ) often after road games, he meets with large contingents of greek americans. >> giannis antetokounmpo: there is no way, you guys, you're all greek, no way. ( cheers ) >> kroft: on this night after game in cleveland, an hour after a tough loss, 200 were waiting for him.
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♪ ♪ he joined them in singing the greek national anthem... ♪ ♪ ...and hung around to take a selfie with his people. it brings back memories. ♪ ♪ he was born in athens in 1994, into poverty on the lowest rung of greek society. his parents had come here from nigeria and raised their family. they had no papers, lived in tiny two-room apartments, sleeping three or four to a bed. there was rarely enough food. >> giannis antetokounmpo: you know, it was tough. we didn't have a lot of money. but we had a lot of happiness. so we wasn't broke happiness wise. when we were struggling back in the day, we were all together in one room, same room. we were having fun. we were smiling. there was some tough times, but... >> kroft: you think it made you stronger? >> giannis antetokounmpo: oh yeah, definitely. >> kroft: they subsisted in the shadows of the economy, peddling goods on the streets, just like these african migrants, hoping
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to make $25 or $30, always one step ahead of the law. what were you selling? >> giannis antetokounmpo: we used to sell glasses, watches. then, we used to sell cds, dvds. >> kroft: you must be a pretty good salesman. >> giannis antetokounmpo: i was the best. >> kroft: the best? >> giannis antetokounmpo: yeah, i was really good at it. >> kroft: what was your secret? >> giannis antetokounmpo: i didn't give up. i was like, i always keep asking them questions. and i was cute, too. i was young. >> kroft: you pestered them until they bought something. >> giannis antetokounmpo: yeah. >> kroft: are you still like that? >> giannis antetokounmpo: persistent in life? i think, yes, i am. like, i'm going to do something until i get it right. >> kroft: it was giannis's father who encouraged him, and his older brother thanasis, to pursue basketball as a possible career. he had given them greek first names to help them assimilate, but it was basketball that helped them fit in, and the brothers began playing on this neighborhood court. we met thanasis in athens where he is a member of the greek national team and plays in a top european league. so this is the gym? he took us to the tiny, dingy gym which was their home court until five years ago.
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this is where you and giannis were playing when he got drafted? >> thanasis antetokounmpo: yeah. this is our gym. i mean, you can see the photos up there. >> kroft: the memories are still here. so are the leaky showers, and the stale air, in a locker room barely large enough to accommodate the starting five. so were you two of the youngest people on the team? >> thanasis antetokounmpo: yeah, almost every year. almost every year, yes. >> kroft: they were both making less than $500 a month playing in the greek second division, more than they could make hawking sunglasses, but not enough to afford multiple pairs of sneakers. what did you do for basketball shoes? >> thanasis antetokounmpo: depends. i remember one game, we played with the same pair. one game. >> kroft: you would come out of the game and you would give your shoes to him? >> thanasis antetokounmpo: yeah. >> kroft: then in early 2013, something weird happened. an international talent scout posted this grainy video of giannis online. he was a raw, 18-year-old beanpole averaging just nine points a game. were you the best player in the league? >> giannis antetokounmpo: no. i wasn't. i wasn't. there was a lot of players
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better than me. but i had a lot of potential to be better than them. >> kroft: one of the first to spot it was alex saratsis, a chicago agent born in greece, who had already watched giannis play during a trip to athens. who was he playing against? >> alex saratsis: it's like the equivalent of the-- the y.m.c.a., i would say. you have guys who have normal jobs, who work 9:00 to 5:00. guys who would be smoking cigarettes before games. but that would be who he'd be playing against. >> kroft: saratsis signed giannis up as a client, and over the next few months, watched virtually every n.b.a. team make the pilgrimage to the tiny gym in athens to appraise what they thought might be an uncut diamond. >> saratsis: you look up in the stands, in the gym that holds maybe 40 people, and 20 of them are n.b.a. people. >> kroft: that's crazy. >> saratsis: yeah. >> kroft: in june of 2013, he was invited to attend the n.b.a. draft, and with a new passport in hand, giannis and his brother
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boarded a plane to america. so what was he like when he got off the plane? >> saratsis: he had no idea what was going on. i asked him, i said, "what color's your suit?" and he said, "what suit?" i said, "the suit for the draft?" he's like "i didn't know i needed to wear a suit." he said, "where would i buy a suit?" >> kroft: they managed to get one in time for giannis to hear his name called as the 15th pick of the first round. >> david stern: the milwaukee bucks select giannis antetokounmpo. >> giannis antetokounmpo: i was so excited. i was like, you guys got to go get my brother. thanasis came, gave me a hug. we started crying. we just knew our life changed at that moment. from now on, our family's going to have a better future. >> kroft: how'd you celebrate? >> giannis antetokounmpo: how we celebrate-- we didn't do nothing. there was a lot of other players going out to the clubs, getting drunk and stuff. me and thanasis just went back to the room excited. >> kroft: did you jump on the bed? >> giannis antetokounmpo: yeah, we started jumping on the bed, too. >> kroft: he was still wearing
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his new suit the next day, when he flew to milwaukee for his formal introduction. >> giannis antetokounmpo: i'm going to give 100%. >> kroft: did you know anything about milwaukee? >> giannis antetokounmpo: at the time, no. nothing. >> kroft: did you know where it was? >> giannis antetokounmpo: no. >> kroft: didn't know what the weather was? >> giannis antetokounmpo: no. >> kroft: didn't know how big the arena was? >> giannis antetokounmpo: nothing. >> kroft: how good they were? >> giannis antetokounmpo: i didn't know the players. i didn't know nothing about milwaukee. i didn't know nothing about the n.b.a., period. >> kroft: that's not all the 18-year-old didn't know. his english was sketchy. he didn't know how to drive, or use a bank account. after trying his first smoothie, he sent out a tweet. >> giannis antetokounmpo: "man, i just had my first smoothie. man, god bless america." ( laughs ) that's what i said. oh, man. >> kroft: giannis lived in a hotel and was alone for five months, until his parents and brothers got their visas to join him. and there was the very steep learning curve of adapting to the n.b.a. he averaged just six points and three rebounds in his rookie year. but there were momentsfiv
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sequence, that kept everyone's hopes up. watch the guy in red coming up from behind. >> henson: he blocked a shot, fell, blocked another shot. and i think that was probably the start of what he could become, in kind of a flash of his potential. >> kroft: what do you make of his progression? >> henson: i think from the third year on, it, it went from kind of a slight slope to straight up. >> kroft: this year, antetokounmpo finished second in the all-star balloting and first in votes cast by his fellow players. right now, he is averaging 27 points and ten rebounds a game against the best competition in the world, and his brilliance is now taken for granted. >> feigin: we knew there was a prospect of him being very special, but we didn't know it was going to be like this. the interesting thing about giannis is there's not a game that something extraordinary doesn't happen. >> kroft: bucks' president peter feigin and his team's marketing department seem to be making the most of it. >> feigin: and the second he started holding the ball a little bit more. >> kroft: what's going on?
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>> feigin: this is part of the giannis effect. >> kroft: oh, yeah? >> feigin: this is called sales. >> kroft: what have you just sold? >> feigin: we've sold a season ticket. >> kroft: how many of those do you sell? >> feigin: well, we've sold a few thousand, and we hope to sell a little bit over 10,000 before the new arena opens. >> kroft: the new $500 million facility, the house that giannis helped build, is pumping huge amounts of money into milwaukee's economy, and is supposed to be ready for next season. giannis got a private tour in january. >> antetokounmpo: come on, giannis, make a shot! come on! >> kroft: in the rafters, construction workers began a chant he's hearing more often. >> m.v.p.! m.v.p.! >> kroft: m.v.p., m.v.p. >> giannis antetokounmpo: my man! my man! >> action! >> kroft: the kid who once had to share his sneakers with his brother will soon have his own signature shoe from nike, the first foreign-born player to receive that tribute. in athens, on the playground where the greek freak made his first baskets, an artist has painted a fresco on asphalt in
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his honor. and when the largest airline in his native country needed someone to symbolize the glory of greece in its commercials, it chose a young man who had once been an outcast here. what's it like when you go back to greece now? >> giannis antetokounmpo: the people go crazy now. and it's absolutely unbelievable, it's absolutely unbelievable. >> kroft: you're a big deal. >> giannis antetokounmpo: they think i'm a big deal. i don't know if i'm actually a big deal. >> kroft: to date, giannis antetokounmpo professes no love for bright lights and big cities. he's made milwaukee his home, and he's content being a big presence in a small city. >> giannis antetokounmpo: i think for a guy like me, low- profile guy, it's better being in milwaukee. >> kroft: you think you're low profile? >> giannis antetokounmpo: yeah. >> kroft: you want to be low profile? >> giannis antetokounmpo: always. >> kroft: he'll make $22 million this year, yet he lives in a two-bedroom rental apartment with his mother, his girlfriend and his youngest brother. when he's not on the road, he is usually in the bucks' practice
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facility, working on his jump shot or just working out. as he said earlier, he likes to do something until he gets it right. how good do you think you can be? you think you're going to keep getting better? >> giannis antetokounmpo: oh yeah. yeah. i have to. there's not a choice. >> kroft: what do you mean? >> giannis antetokounmpo: i'm really scared of failing. so i've got to get better. >> kroft: for the rest of the n.b.a., the idea the greek freak might even get better is a very scary thought. i have to tell you something incredible. capital one has partnered with hotels.com to give venture cardholders 10 miles on every dollar they spend at thousands of hotels. all you have to do is pay with this... at hotels.com/venture. 10 miles per dollar? that is incredible. brrrrr. i have the chills. because you're so excited?
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