Giannis Antetokounmpo helped lead the Milwaukee Bucks to the NBA championship with a dominant 50-point performance in Game 6.
Following the game, the NBA Finals MVP sat in front of the media and began fielding questions. While discussing his team’s big win, Giannis made it clear that Milwaukee’s achievement is even more impressive because it was not a super team lifting the trophy.
Giannis discussed remaining in Milwaukee and not abandoning the team that drafted him and the team that was being built just to chase a ring with another group of all-staras.
“I couldn’t leave. There was a job that had to be finished,” Antetokounmpo said. “I feel like the bubble did not pay us justice. Give credit to the Miami Heat. They played great, but it did not pay us justice. Everybody was feeling homesick. We are a family-oriented team, wanted to see our families. But coming back, I was like, ‘This is my city. They trust me. They believe in me. They believe in us.’ Even when we lost … obviously I wanted to get the job done.
"It's easy to go somewhere and win a championship with somebody else … this is the hard way to do and we did it."
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“But that’s my stubborn side. It’s easy to go somewhere and go win a championship with somebody else. It’s easy. I could go — I don’t want to put anybody on the spot — but I could go to a super team and just do my part and win a championship. But this is the hard way to do it, and this is the way to do it and we did it.”
The win for Milwaukee was the franchise’s first championship in 50 years and only the second in franchise history. The last time the Bucks won an NBA title, the team was led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson and knocked off the Baltimore Bullets to claim the championship.