Giannis Antetokounmpo: Nigerian basketballer helps club to win their first NBA title in 50 years

Milwaukee Bucks won their first title since 1971, and they couldn’t have done it without the help of Greek-Nigerian, Giannis Antetokounmpo (Adetokunbo).

He aided his side with a heroic 50-point performance at the NBA Finals.

Giannis scored 50 points along with 14 rebounds and five blocks to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to the 2021 NBA championship after they defeated the Phoenix Suns 105-98 at home to take the Finals series 4-2.

The victory comes exactly three weeks after suffering a knee injury that appeared to put his role in the Finals in doubt.

With the victory, the Bucks clinched the NBA Finals 4-2 and became the only fifth team to win the best-of-seven championship series after losing the first two games.

Speaking after the game, he said ;

“Obviously, I represent my country, both countries, Nigeria and Greece,” Antetokounmpo said. “A lot of kids from there. But not just from Nigeria — all Africa and all Europe.

“I know I’m a role model. But this should make every person, every kid, anybody around the world believe in their dreams. No matter whatever you feel when you’re down, when you don’t think it’s going to happen for you or you might not make it in your career — might be basketball, might be anything — just believe in what you’re doing and keep working.

“Don’t let nobody tell you what you can be and what you cannot do … Just believe, man. I hope I give people around the world, from Africa, from Europe, hope that it can be done. It can be done.

“Eight years ago, eight and a half years ago, when I came to the league, I didn’t know where my next meal will come from. My mom was selling stuff in the street. Now I’m here sitting at the top of the top. I’m extremely blessed. I’m extremely blessed. If I never have a chance to sit on this table ever again, I’m fine with it. I’m fine with it. I hope this can give everybody around the world hope. I want them to believe in their dreams.”

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