Giannis celebrates with his partner and son. Then, sitting alone with a towel on his head to cover his face, he savors his triumph
From Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson to Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. After 50 years of waiting, the Milwaukee Bucks are NBA champions again. The 105-98 victory in Game 6 handed the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy to the boys coached by Coach Mike Budenholzer and the Mvp Finals award in Antetokounmpo’s hands, a recognition voted unanimously. After the final siren, the irrepressible joy of a whole city poured on the parquet of the Fiserv Forum and in the noisy Deer District just outside the building, with more than 60,000 people shouting their unconditional love for the new champions.
The most symbolic hug is that between Giannis, Coach Budenholzer and Middleton, the three strongest and most significant personalities of this team. Three men who in recent years have fought against their limits, swallowing many disappointments during the postseason, but who have always managed to restart with a fixed goal in mind: to win the title. “Great respect for Phoenix. Great players, great coach Monty Williams, great organization but these guys are champions every day for the way they work and present themselves at every training session. They embraced the fact of always wanting to improve, to want to compete and play together. I couldn’t be prouder of them, ”the words of a beaming Coach Bud at the time of the award ceremony. And then on “his” Mvp: “I’m really lucky to be able to work with Giannis every day. He is a special human being, even more so than he is as a player. I learned a lot from him. He and Khris built all of this, I’m happy to be part of it. It’s beautiful”.
The tears of Giannis Antetokounmpo, protagonist of a legendary performance (50 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks), certainly one of the best ever in the history of the NBA Finals, gave moments of poetry and purity in the moments immediately following the siren of game 6 We all know by now the story of Giannis and his brothers, of how The Greek Freak worked hard, against so many complex adversities, to be able to reach every little personal milestone in his life. Seeing him embrace his partner Mariah and his son Liam, looking up in the sky for the eyes of his father Charles, who tragically died in September 2017, reveals all the naturalness and ardor of an authentic boy, who has never taken a single one for granted. moment of his rise in world basketball. Sitting alone on a Fiserv Forum seat, with the Nba champion cap on his head and a towel to cover his face, as if to want to shelter, even if only for a small moment, from all that noise and live that moment as if not were no one around him. And so, in the midst of an overcrowded parquet floor, a distant relative of the desolate and cold ones caused by the pandemic, Giannis’ first words are for the city of Milwaukee, which welcomed it 8 years ago and made him become a man: ” I want to thank Milwaukee for always believing in me, my team has always played hard. I wanted so much to win with them and for the whole city. I am happy to have succeeded ”. And then the companion of all the battles, won and lost during these years: Khris Middleton. “We did it c …!”, Shouts Giannis to his brotherly friend. “Khris pushed me every day to grow up and I’m really happy to have reached this milestone with him. Now, as Coach Bud said, we have to do it again ”. Giannis’ words make Bucks fans dream. A dream that Antetokounmpo has already realized, screaming like a madman when Malika Andrews of Espn reminds him that now all the brothers have won a ring. A truly sensational story.
Whenever the Bucks needed a heavy shot in these Playoffs, Khris Middleton’s hand (24 points with 49% shooting, 6.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game in these Finals) didn’t hesitate. It also happened in Game 6 with the basket scored at 56.9 ” from the siren in the face of Devin Booker on an assist from his friend Giannis: “It means everything that they have faith in me”. One of the most underrated players in the league (39th pick in the 2012 Draft), who has earned every little bit of credibility with his hard work and the quality of his basketball. A true leader who deeply believes in the value of the collective and through it has built his trust: “It’s easy to believe in myself and work with guys like these, all they want to do is compete and play to the fullest. It is easy, I repeat, to work with them and improve ”.
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The two best “supporting actors” of these Milwaukee Bucks were undoubtedly Jrue Holiday and Bobby Portis, both of whom arrived last offseason to aim for the NBA title. A title achieved also, if not above all, thanks to their plays on both sides of the field. “As a kid you only dream of getting to this moment and the fact of really succeeding and doing it with my teammates is truly priceless. They welcomed me and told me what to do from the beginning, they believed in me and coming here was the most important thing in my career ”, Holiday’s moving words. Called on in a loud voice by the whole arena, after a crazy performance by 16 points in 23 ‘, the idol of the fans Bobby Portis followed up on the words of his teammate, ensuring yet another hail of applause and chants: “I was in a difficult moment of my career, depressed and lonely, but coming here was the best thing that ever happened to me ”. Milwaukee is back on top of the world and now it’s time to really believe it. Many stories of life and sporting redemption, one intertwined with the other, as only the NBA can give. Let’s put these images in our mind, let’s keep them jealously. We, the fans, and they, the champions. Nobody can ever take them away from us.
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