Giannis: I Could've Won NBA at a 'Super Team' But This is Sweeter

Giannis: I Could've Won NBA at a 'Super Team' But This is Sweeter Photo: TT
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts while holding the NBA Championship trophy, left, and Most Valuable Player trophy after defeating the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals in Milwaukee

NBA Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo says he couldve gone to a “super team” and won the title but revels in joy after leading the Milwaukee Bucks to victory on Tuesday.

The Bucks, who drafted Antetokounmpo at pick 15 in 2003, lifted the NBA title with a 4-2 Finals series win over the Phoenix Suns.

Antetokounmpo was integral to the victory, scoring 50 points with 14 rebounds and five blocks in Tuesday’s 105-98 win to close out the series.

The 26-year-old Greek forward, who helped the Bucks overcome the star-studded Brooklyn Nets earlier in the postseason, revealed his delight for Milwaukee who hadnt won a title since 1971.

“This is my city. They trust me, they believe in me, even when we were last the city was still on our side,” Antetokounmpo said. “I wanted to get the job done.

“It’s easy to go somewhere and go win a championship with someone else.

“I could go to a super team and do my part and win a championship. This is the hard way to do it and we did it.”

Brooklyn had assembled a super team with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden, with the latter joining from the Houston Rockets earlier this year.

Antetokounmpo has shown humility throughout the playoffs and he continued that, but offered some glimpses into his joy.

Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer showered Antetokounmpo with praise, after his third 40-plus points game in the NBA Finals.

The Greek’s 20-point third quarter was a rare feat too, which was last achieved by Michael Jordan in 1993. Remarkably, Antetokounmpo registered 20 points in a quarter twice in this NBA Finals series.

“It’s hard to find more words to describe what Giannis does,” Budenholzer said. “But the way he made his free throws, the way he did everything, stepped up, the poise, the confidence, the leadership. He has been working on it.

“We say we want Giannis to get to the free-throw line. We believe. We talked about it this past summer.

“To win a championship, you’ve got to make free throws and you’ve got to make shots. He’s made shots throughout the playoffs.

“He’s made free throws throughout the playoffs. (Five) blocked shots, however many points. He’s of the charts. He’s the MVP of the NBA Finals.”

Ben somerford
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Australian journalist who specialises on all sports, focusing on football, tennis, basketball and racing, having written for global publications including FourFourTwo, AAP, Inside Futbol and many more....

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