Against all odds and just several months after signing that massive contract extension, Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Milwaukee Bucks to the NBA title, the third in franchise history and first in 50 years.
Not many players decide to stay with the small-market team, let alone win 'on their own', especially nowadays when it's usual to see superstars teaming up, stack their rosters, and pursue a ring 'the easy way'.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Says He Won The Right And Hard Way: Without A Superteam
“It’s easy to go and win a Championship with someone else. I could go, it’s easy. I could go to a super-team, play my part and win it but this is the hard way to do it and we did it. We f*cking did it," Giannis said after the game.
“We might never win another one. It's fine. We did it. We did what we're supposed to do. And I’d rather do it this way — win one this way than go somewhere else in a super team and win two or three," he later added on an interview.
You don't have to be a genius or an expert to see where he's coming from. LeBron James has always gotten criticism for teaming up in Miami, Cleveland, and Los Angeles to win a ring, while Kevin Durant became infamous for joining the 73-9 Golden State Warriors.
To be fair, it's worth noting that 1) there's no easy way of winning an NBA Championship, 2) the Milwaukee Bucks had an outstanding team and a pretty balanced roster full of top-notch role players.