Giannis Antetokounmpo heard all of the jokes final 12 months when his little brother, Kostas, received a hoop with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Shortly after changing into a champion himself on Tuesday with a 4-2 sequence victory in opposition to the Phoenix Suns, Antetokounmpo was capable of joke about how the Lakers title made his household life a bit “awkward.”
“Lots of people have been joking final 12 months when Kostas received his championship with the Lakers,” he mentioned, per Arash Markazi. “Clearly on the dinner desk it was a bit bit awkward as a result of he obtained his ring earlier than me.”
It’s truthful to say Giannis was just a bit extra necessary to the Bucks than Kostas was to the Lakers throughout their respective title runs. Giannis, who was named Finals MVP, averaged 29.2 factors, 12.eight rebounds, 5.three assists. Kostas didn’t see the courtroom for the Lakers throughout the 2020 postseason.
Antetokounmpo Calls Out Superteams After Win
Giannis Antetokounmpo was long-rumored to be a goal of the Lakers, however when he signed a five-year, $228 million supermax extension previous to this season, that went out the window. Pairing Antetokounmpo with LeBron James and Anthony Davis would have given the Lakers a monstrous “large three,” though the Greek Freak made positive to notice he’s no fan of superteams. He was happy with successful a title with the staff that drafted him, albeit Khris Middleton and Jrue Vacation have been each All-Star caliber gamers.
“I used to be like, that is my metropolis. They belief me. They imagine in me. They imagine in us,” Antetokounmpo advised reporters. “However that’s my cussed facet. It’s simple to go someplace and go win a championship with any individual else. It’s simple. I may go to an excellent staff and simply do my half and win a championship.
“However that is the arduous option to do it and that is the best way to do it and we did it. f–king did it. We did it, man.”
Antetokounmpo on Kobe Bryant: He Made Me Imagine
There was a number of discuss how late Lakers nice Kobe Bryant mentored Suns star Devin Booker on his method up. Nonetheless, Bryant was additionally an enormous believer in Antetokounmpo and his potential.
Bryant tweeted at Antetokounmpo in 2019, writing: “My man…. M.V.P. Greatness. Subsequent up: Championship. #MambaMentality”
Antetokounmpo talked in regards to the interactions he had with Bryant after main the Bucks franchise to their first title in 50 years.
“It means loads. It began virtually like a joke at first. It was a problem to gamers, and I used to be like, let me simply shoot my shot, type of like, what’s my problem, and he was like ‘MVP.’ However at first I used to be, like, joking. I didn’t assume he was going to reply to me.
“However when he did, he made me imagine. I’m like, Kobe Bryant thinks I can do that and I can play at a excessive degree and construct my staff and win my MVP? I needed to do it. I needed to work arduous. And to not essentially let him down. I needed to work arduous as a result of individuals believed that I can do it.”
Antetokounmpo may have his arms full if he needs to repeat with the Bucks. The Nets are the title favourite for subsequent season at +225, adopted by the Lakers (+450). Milwaukee is listed at +800, per BetMGM.
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