Eight years after he first arrived to the Milwaukee Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo officially stands at the NBA summit.
With the Bucks having won their first title in 50 years following their 105-98 Game 6 victory over the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals, Antetokounmpo and the Bucks brought about the unthinkable while his 50-point performance represented the long, lean years Bucks fans had to get through to enjoy this historic moment.
The fact that it was Antetokounmpo who stood at the center of such a feat and is the catalyzing force that helped the Bucks end and the city of Milwaukee end their title drought isn’t lost anyone.
It’s Antetokounmpo who, after showing flashes of the player he could become throughout the Bucks’ miserable 2013-14 season, promised that he wouldn’t leave the city of Milwaukee until he won a championship.
Over time, Antetokounmpo proved himself capable of bringing about change.
He transformed his body, his skills and abilities and eventually, his mind to become the most unlikely superstar we’ve ever seen after having gone through incredible trails and tribulations growing up on the streets of Greece with his family. And as Antetokounmpo reflected after the Bucks’ title-clinching win Tuesday night, his family and overall upbringing is central to the person and player he stands and the journey he is on today. Per EuroHoops:
“The whole journey. In order for me to be in this position, how much my parents sacrificed. How…