Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo underlined he had to go through a lot before he won his first NBA Finals trophy. On Tuesday, Antetokounmpo dropped 50 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and had five blocks to lead the Bucks to a 105-98 win over the Phoenix Suns and help them clinch their first NBA title since 1971.
"It's been a long journey," Antetokounmpo said, per ESPN. "I've done it all, man. I did anything that I could just to be on the court, just to be in this position. I've not played. I've come off the bench.
When I was 18, I started on the team. I went to the front office and told them to send me to the G League. I've played point guard. I've only defended. Slashed from the corners and everything. In my fourth year, I was able to lead as a ball handler.
"I've done it all. Tonight, that's what I had to do. I had to do a little bit of everything. I had to defend, I had to rebound, I had to block. Did a little bit of everything."
Antetokounmpo now wants more NBA titles
Antetokounmpo, who arrived to the league in 2013, was playing his first NBA Finals.
"This is an addictive feeling," Antetokounmpo said. "I love playing in the playoffs. I love playing in the Finals. "This is the moments I want to chase. I want the team to build off this, and hopefully we can do it again."
Meanwhile, Suns star guard Devin Booker believes the Suns have now set championship basketball standard. "Championship basketball and nothing less than that," as Booker described it, after Phoenix made the postseason for the first time in 11 years.
"So, going into next season on a Tuesday night playing against Cleveland, if we don't have it, we will be quickly reminded about the details. And if you don't want to give it your all right now, what can happen and this feeling right now that we're feeling can happen.
"So, this isn't something you want to feel. I haven't felt a hurt like this in my life. So, that's what I say when I know we have a base and a foundation, just championship basketball at all times." Suns center DeAndre Ayton was disappointed his team didn't win it all but underlined it was still a fun season. "Even though we lost," Ayton said as he bounded out of the interview room, "it was still fun."