Giannis Antetokounmpo pulls out all the celebratory stages while taking the swing in the aftermath of driving the Milwaukee Bucks to the organization’s first championship in 50 years. That doesn’t mean the superstar won’t look forward to next season in hopes of successfully defending the Bucks title.
In an interview with Malika Andrews that aired Wednesday on “SportsCenter,” Antetokounmpo revealed his mindset in the immediate aftermath of the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy insert Tuesday night.
“We just did it – we did it a couple of hours ago – and I’m already thinking about how I can do it again,” Antetokounmpo added in part in the interview, as transcribed by Bleacher Report. “How can I make this team better? What can I improve to help this team get better? But that’s who I am.”
The Bucks eliminated the Phoenix Suns Tuesday night in Game 6 with a 105-98 victory at Fiserv Forum. Antetokounmpo led the way with 50 points, 14 rebounds, five blocks and two assists in 42 minutes.
The Greek Freak – already a two-time NBA MVP, five-time All-Star, three-time All-NBA First Team member and once NBA Defensive Player of the Year – has been named MVP of the NBA Finals for his outstanding performance in a series where the Bucks have racked up four straight wins after losing the first two games.
A growing consensus in the NBA world is that a Bucks team led by Antetokounmpo, along with Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday, have the potential to become the next dynasty. Kevin Durant, that Brooklyn Nets significantly subdued he took the Bucks to the limit in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the teams – I still believe so.
“I know it’s the first chip and a lot of people call it dynasty after a few (titles), but the continuity of that team is something that’s impressive and how they continue to build and add and now they’re champions, and you can appreciate that , ”Durant said this week from Tokyo ahead of the Olympics, by Joe Vardon of Athletic. “Seeing a couple of friends become champions today has been great. This experience doesn’t just happen to anyone, so respect this journey.”
Whether a dynastic run for the Greek Freak and the Bucks is on the cards remains to be seen, even if two other teams – including Durant’s Nets team – are currently considered biggest favorites at the start of this season.
That said, Antetokounmpo has shown with his remarks that while he enjoy all the traps of championship glory in short, there is no doubt that he is keeping an eye on the biggest prize at the same time.