MILWAUKEE — 50 years ago, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, then known as Lew Alcindor, along with Oscar Robertson led the Milwaukee Bucks to their first championship in 1971. Tonight the Milwaukee Bucks led by International Super Star Giannis Antetokounmpo have delivered the city its first championship in 5 decades.
Milwaukee Bucks Win the 2021 N.B.A. Championship
On its home courting Milwaukee, Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns, 105-98, in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to capture the title. Giannis Antetokounmpo aka the Greek Freak played the game of his life. The 26 year old scored 50 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, blocked 5 shots well going 17-19 from the free throw line.
“Don’t let nobody tell you what you can’t be or what you cannot do,” Antetokounmpo said. “People told me I can’t make free throws. I made my free throws tonight. And I’m a freaking champion.”
Going into the season, there was speculation that Giannis might leave the Bucks in free agency. But Antetokounmpo was loyal to Milwaukee in December by signing a contract extension worth nearly a quarter of a billion dollars. In return Giannis delivered an NBA title the same year and cemented himself as arguably the best player in the world.
“This is my city. They trust me. They believe in me. They believe in us,” Antetokounmpo said. “Even when we lost the series, they were on our side. Obviously, I wanted to get the job done.”
Antetokounmpo then made comments about the “easy” decision made by some N.B.A. stars to leave in free agency or ask for trades so that they could team up and play with other stars.
“I could go to a superteam and just do my part and win a championship,” he said, adding, “But this is the hard way to do it.”
He then pounded the table for emphasis!