After clinching his first-ever NBA title, the Bill Russell Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo jokingly delivers a motivational message.
The incredible 2020-2021 season has come to an end. After an exhausting seven months, with a more hectic schedule than ever, and all the rigid health and safety protocols, it’s the Milwaukee Bucks who have dethroned the Los Angeles Lakers to clinch the title of NBA champions.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and his Bucks team not only overcame a 0-2 deficit in the finals against the Phoenix Suns but had also upset the star-studded Brooklyn Nets on their glorious way to being crowned champions.
As for the 2-time MVP, the Greek Freak had one of the greatest playoffs and finals performances of all time. Showing resilience, the megastar not only led his team from the front but also came back strong after hyperextending his knee in Game 4 of the ECF. After putting up a historic 35.2 points, 13.2 rebounds and 5 assists in the finals, to rightfully be crowned as the Finals MVP.
“Don’t let nobody tell you what you can’t be and can’t do”: Giannis Antetokounmpo
The 6-foot-11 Milwaukee forward had a great playoffs run, but it saved his best for last. In a 105-98 Game 6 win in the Fiserv Forum, Antetokounmpo had a dazzling 50 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists performance. However, what was even more incredible is, despite being a subpar free-throw shooter, the 5-time All-Star knocked 17 of his 19 free throws, displaying some great shooting from the charity stripe.
For someone who was shooting at 68.5% from the free-throw line throughout the regular season, an 89.5% outing from the line was simply astonishing.
Clearly, the Bill Russell Finals MVP had even surprised himself after a terrific shooting night, and during a postgame interview, jokingly gave a motivational message to everyone.
“Don’t let nobody tell you what you can’t be and what you cannot do. People told me I can’t make free throws. I made my free throws tonight, I made them, and I’m a freaking champion! I made them, and I’m not supposed to make them! But I’m joking. Actually, I’m not, but… (laughs) Yeah, just believe man.”
Giannis along with his fellow stars Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday have won this much-deserved title, bringing back the NBA championship to the city of Milwaukee for the first time in 50 long years. Definitely, this will have to be one of the most celebrated days in and the Bucks’ organisation history.