Milwaukee Bucks sta Giannis Antetokounmpo admitted he couldn't leave Milwaukee last offseason because he thought they had unfinished business. In Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Antetokounmpo exploded for 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks as the Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 105-90 to clinch their first NBA title since 1971.
Just before the start of this season, Antetokounmpo and the Bucks agreed on a five-year supermax extension. "I just couldn't leave," Antetokounmpo said, per ESPN. "There was a job that had to be finished.
"Coming back, I was like, 'This is my city. They trust me. They believe in me. They believe in us.' ... Obviously I wanted to get the job done. But that's my stubborn side. It's easy to go somewhere and go win a championship with somebody else.
It's easy. ... I could go to a super team and just do my part and win a championship. "But this is the hard way to do it," he continued, pounding the dais for emphasis, "and this is the way to do it, and we did it.
We f---ing did it."
Antetokounmpo was highly emotional after winning the title
Antetokounmpo, who selected at No. 15 in the 2013 NBA draft, came a long way to be where he is now. "This is for my mom," he said, fighting off tears.
"She works extremely hard every day for me to be in this position, and she never pressured me to do other things. This is for my dad. He's watching from above, and he can see it. This is for my significant other. Every day, she helps me be a better person.
She lets me do what I'm supposed to do, She takes care of my son. And for my brothers. "I can be stubborn sometimes. I can disconnect myself from the world because I want this so bad. And I was able to get it, that's why I was tearing up.
But, like, people helped me be in this position. I didn't do this by myself. Every freaking day people helped me. I want to thank everyone." Antetokounmpo struggled from the free throw line over the course of the season but he went 17-of-19 from the tree throw line in Game 6.
"People told me I cannot make free throws," Antetokounmpo said with a huge smile. "I made my free throws tonight and I'm a freaking champion. "I made them when I'm supposed to make them."