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Sport Giannis on Winning NBA Title: 'I Did It the Hard Way' Without Super Team

14:12  21 july  2021
14:12  21 july  2021 Source:   si.com

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Giannis told reporters he won an NBA title the "hard way" by staying with Milwaukee instead of joining a super team.

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In December, Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo signed the super-max contract extension to remain with Milwaukee. Over the years, other NBA stars have jetted off to high-profile teams to chase and win titles.

Antetokounmpo decided not to. After leading Milwaukee to its first NBA title in 50 years on Tuesday, the 2021 NBA Finals MVP—while smoking a cigar with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy in his left arm and the Finals MPV trophy in his right— reminded the world why he chose to stay with the Bucks.

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"I couldn't leave," Antetokounmpo told reporters. "There was a job that had to be finished. Coming back, I said, this was my city, they trust me, they believe in me, they believe in us, even when we lose, the city was still on our side and obviously I wanted to get the job done.

"It is easy to go somewhere and win a championship with somebody else, it's easy. I could go to a super team, do my part and win a championship. But, I did it the hard way."

Giannis posted a masterful performance, recording 50 points, 14 rebounds while finishing an eye-popping 17-of-19 from the free throw line. He is only the seventh player to have a 50-point game in the Finals.

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