Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo shares his experience of performing in Game 5 of the NBA Finals with LeBron James sitting courtside
The Milwaukee Bucks took down the Phoenix Suns in Game 5 to secure a 3-2 lead to the series. They gear up to take on the Suns tomorrow in Milwaukee for a potential decider Game 6. Game 5 was full of stars who came out to support their team in Phoenix. There were names like Vanessa Hudgens, Adele, Rich Paul, and LeBron James in presence.
LeBron James was there to support his buddy Chris Paul, who is playing his first Finals in his 16 season NBA career. While he may have come for his buddy, he got to see the brilliance of the Bucks and Devin Booker. Giannis Antetokounmpo even topped off the performance with a monster jam, which had LeBron James in awe too.
LeBron watching that dagger dunk by Giannis…
— The Jump on ESPN (@NBATheJump) July 18, 2021
Giannis Antetokounmpo talks about having LeBron James courtside
Even though LeBron James was at the game to support the enemy, his presence still had an impact on Giannis. After the practice last night, Giannis sat with the media, and talked about LBJ’s presence at Game 5.
Despite there being a big Game 5 the next day, Giannis took out some time and watched the King’s new movie ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’. Talking about the same, he said,
“But this is crazy, this is a crazy story, this is not a promo. The night before I was watching Space Jam on HBO. So I was watching Space Jam, you know, and there he goes, he’s in the courtside seating.”
“This is not a promo, but the night before I was watching Space Jam.” 😂
Giannis jokes about LeBron being courtside at Game 5. pic.twitter.com/n6XAHc2etH
— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 19, 2021
Giannis was also recalling the fact how LeBron played his first Finals in 2007, and how he hadn’t even started playing basketball till then.
Giannis on LeBron James being courtside for Game 5: “First time he was in the Finals was 2007, I wasn’t playing basketball. That’s crazy to think about.”
— Melissa Rohlin (@melissarohlin) July 19, 2021
It sure would have been a proud moment for Giannis. He would hope to keep up his performance and take the team past Game 6, and to their first ring in over 50 years.