Giannis Antetokounmpo Completes Kobe Bryant's Final Challenge

“Kobe Bryant thinks I can do this… I had to do it. I had to work hard.”

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This year’s NBA Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, has completed Kobe Bryant‘s final challenge to him yesterday after leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 2021 NBA Championship.

In the last post-game interview of the 2021 NBA Finals, Giannis reflects on how he first asked Kobe for a challenge in 2017. After seeing the Black Mamba challenge Isaiah Thomas to make the All-NBA First Team, and Demar DeRozan to rekindle a lost friendship from his youth in Compton, Giannis tweeted “Still waiting for my challenge…” To the young buck’s surprise, Kobe responded to his request with “MVP.” “At first I was joking, I didn’t think that he would respond to me, but when he did, he made me believe. Kobe Bryant thinks I can do this… I had to do it. I had to work hard,” Giannis said. After being crowned MVP in 2019, Kobe gave him his next challenge, a Championship, which Giannis Antetokounmpo has now resoundingly completed.

According to StatMuse, Giannis is the first player in NBA history to record 30/10/5, and 50p/10r/5b in a Finals game. He’s also the first player to receive Most Improved Player, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Valuable Player, and Finals Most Valuable Player award honors.

In other NBA news, the Antetokounmpo siblings become first brother trio to all win NBA championships.

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