The Phoenix Suns may have campaigned tremendously this season, but it’s the Milwaukee Bucks who will go home with championship glory after sealing a 105-98 victory in Game 6 of the 2021 NBA Finals – marking the franchise’s first title win since 1971 (and second title in history).
To say Giannis Antetokounmpo put in the work would be an egregious understatement. Delivering what is being hailed as one of the finest performances ever witnessed in NBA Finals, the Greek Freak dominated with 50 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, and five crucial blocks.
Now, at the fresh-faced age of just 26, Antetokounmpo welcomes his first ring to an already stacked professional CV: five-time All-Star, two-time MVP, Finals MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, not to mention, the richest NBA contract (valued at over $312 million).
“I want to thank Milwaukee for believing in me,” Antetokounmpo said after the victory.
“I thank my teammates, they played hard every freaking game.”
“I trusted this team. I wanted to do it here in this city. I wanted to do it with these guys, so I’m happy. I’m happy I am able to get it done.”
On the other side of the court, the Phoenix Suns are understandably feeling the heartbreak. Up until the final buzzer, 2021 was shaping up to be their year. Eliminating defending champions – the Los Angeles Lakers – in a stunning upset nice and early during playoffs, the Chris Paul-led team eventually found themselves heading to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993. Sadly, this isn’t a sport of second places.
Though interestingly enough, Torrey Craig is still eligible for an championship ring, despite playing on the losing side at the 2021 NBA Finals. You can read all about it here.