Tonight will go down as the night Giannis Antetokounmpo graduated from the NBA. By the age of 26, Giannis has achieved almost all of a top player’s major awards in the NBA. After becoming an All-Star, Two-Time MVP, Defensive Player Of The Year, and All-Star Game MVP, Giannis is now an NBA Champion and Finals MVP. Antetokounmpo has seen one of the most meteoric ascents in NBA history. When few believed he could become the superstar he is now, Kobe Bryant challenged him for believing in him. And tonight Giannis mastered this challenge.
In 2017, Kobe Bryant challenged Giannis Antetokounmpo to win an MVP title. And when he won the MVP trophy in 2019, Kobe increased his challenge and challenged him to win an NBA championship. And now Giannis has delivered again. During the press conference after Game 6 of the NBA Finals, a reporter asked Antetokounmpo how he was going to meet the challenge Kobe had given him. He noted that he initially approached Kobe as a joke about a challenge. But when Kobe responded with the challenge of becoming an MVP, the confidence instilled in Giannis. Bryant believed in him, and he wanted to repay the trust Kobe and a few others had in him by realizing his potential.
“It means a lot. It almost started as a joke at first. He was in a Nike ad and I think he was sending challenges to the players … I thought to myself,” Let me just shoot my shot. “-” What is my challenge? “. And he was like” MVP “. At first I was kidding, I didn’t think he would answer me. When he did, he made me believe. I thought, ‘Kobe Bryant thinks me can do that. I can play at the highest level, lead my team and win an MVP? ‘ I had to do it. I had to work hard. Not necessarily not to let him down, I had to work hard because socialmediagossips believed I could do it. “
Even if Giannis has done everything, he is far from finished in the NBA. He and the Milwaukee Bucks will now move into the new season and try to bring it back. If Antetokounmpo continues to grow as a player in the future, there will be no limit to what he can achieve in the NBA.