Milwaukee, home of Miller Beer and Harley-Davidson motorcycles, two (of many) synonyms of the USA, after half a century became the home of the NBA champion - Bucks. In their jersey, Giannis Antetokounmpo realized his American and now basketball dream in 2013.
"Thank you, Milwaukee. You believed in me. And I always trusted my team. I could go to a great team and become a champion just by doing my part of the job." "But I chose the hard path, the path we all went together.
I wanted to win the title right here, in this city, with these guys. I'm happy we made it." The city was celebrating and Giannis Antetokounmpo could not hide his tears Not the ones that sent his parents from his native Nigeria in 1991 on a journey of hope, but also of trepidation, to Athens.
Those were tears of joy, but also as a sign of gratitude that the Bucks have always, since June 27, 2013 (when they drafted him), believed that they could build a team around him, from which they will embark on a championship campaign in the basketball world.
Just as his belief that he would succeed in the New World was as solid as the concrete of the Athens basketball courts where he grew up basketball, and which they failed to break, conditionally speaking, Milwaukee's stumbles in the previous two seasons in which Giannis was "king" (MVP) without a crown With new teammates, but an old team and the idea, to finally, after 50 years and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, return the cup to Milwaukee, he started the just finished season.
Unlike in previous years, he did not pay too much attention to public opinion. While the media rightly tried to highlight the incredible performance of Nikola Jokic, who wrote NBA history from night to night, but in individual columns, while the leader of the now-former Lakers champion, LeBron James, dealt with various rights and tried to correct the "wrongs"
, and Brooklyn tried to create the team with a champion idea, Giannis aimed a ring. Just like as an immigrant child without any valid documents (he got his passport just before the draft) except for a maternity leave, between trainings selling fake watches and jewelry with a sincere boyish smile on the sun-scorched streets of Athens and the hot sand of nearby beaches, unmistakably aimed for a better tomorrow in the United States, not only for himself, but for the whole family.