Giannis Antetokounmpo took up the challenge.
In 2017, the late and great Kobe Bryant had just retired to end his rich NBA career, and he was spending his free time tweeting “challenges” to the next generation of athletes.
Antetokounmpo, feeling left out, tweeted to Bryant, asking the basketball icon for a challenge. . .
. . . to which Bryant replied:
Bryant’s first challenge to Antetokounmpo was to win an NBA MVP award, which Giannis did after the 2018-19 season. He won it again for good measure in 2020. But the Bucks’ playoffs in those years didn’t result in any championship rings; they were ousted in the Eastern Conference Finals and Eastern Conference Semifinals, respectively, in those years.
To that end, Bryant’s next level of challenge at Antetokounmpo was a bit more difficult: winning a championship. That’s exactly what Giannis and the Bucks did on Tuesday night with a 105-98 win over the Suns in Game 6 of the 2021 NBA Finals.
And to make sure he didn’t take on the challenge cheaply, Antetokounmpo was named the Finals MVP after racking up 50 points in Game 6, just the seventh 50-point performance in Finals history. the NBA.
Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in 2020, is not here to see Antetokounmpo take on his challenges, but you can bet he would be delighted.
You can bet Kobe’s next challenge would have been “Three Peat,” however. It may be too Herculean for the “Greek Freak”.