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‘Kobe thinks I can do this? … I had to do it’


The 2021 NBA Finals MVP spoke about the Hall of Famer’s tweet from a few years ago and how it inspired him to win an NBA Championship.

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GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO: It means a lot. You know, it makes us start almost like a joke at first, you know? He was like, I think, a Nike ad, and then he sent a challenge to the players, to Isaiah Thomas, [INAUDIBLE] and all that.

And I was like, yeah, just let me take my shot. You know, kinda like, what’s my challenge? And he was like, MVP. But at first, I wanted to joke. I didn’t think he was going to answer me. But when he did, he made me believe.

Like I’m like, Coby Bryant thinks I can do that, can I play at the top level, and lead my team, and earn an MVP? And I had to do it, you know? I had to work hard, you know? And not necessarily drop it. I had to work hard because people believe I can do it, you know?

And that’s the trick. I’m fun for people, you know? I don’t like to let people down. I don’t like to leave – when I quit with the city of Milwaukee that’s the main reason I quit because I didn’t want to let people down and think that I’m not working extremely hard for them, what I do, you know?

But to be able to accomplish these things in this period of time is crazy. It’s unreal. It’s completely unreal. I can not believe it.

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