The Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo, the hero of the Milwaukee Bucks to proclaim themselves NBA champions, was exultant after getting the ring and assured that as a child he never imagined that he would reach the top of world basketball.
«I started playing basketball to help my family. I tried to help them get out of the problems and challenges that we faced when we were children, "he said at the press conference.
“But I never thought I would be here with the NBA trophy and the Finals MVP award. It has been a long journey, "he added.
Antetokounmpo signed a historic night, with 50 points and 14 rebounds, which gave the Bucks the decisive victory against the Phoenix Suns (105-98) to become NBA champions (4-2).
It is the first Bucks title in 50 years, since until now they only had the 1971 one in their windows.
Antetokounmpo was named Finals MVP after an astonishing series in which he dominated both sides of the court and averaged 35,2 points, 13,2 rebounds and 5 assists per game.
With a smile that almost did not fit on his face and without detaching himself from the two trophies, the Bucks star recalled his origins and those who have helped him on this path.
"I represent my two countries: Nigeria (because of the origin of his family) and Greece (where he was born)," he explained.
I know that I am a role model. This should make each person, each child, anyone in the whole world, believe in their dreams (…). Don't let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do. People told me I couldn't make free throws. Today I made the free throws and now I'm a bloody champion, "he joked.
The most emotional moment of Antetokounmpo's appearance was when he remembered his partner Mariah, his mother, his brothers and his late father.
"In order for me to be in this position, my parents sacrificed many things," she said through tears.
«I saw it every day. My mother worked very hard every day to get me in this position and she never pressured me to do other things. And this is for my father: he is watching from the sky and can see it, "he said.
The Greek praised his teammates, with a special mention for the fundamental Khris Middleton, and surrendered to the technical work of his coach, Mike Budenholzer.
Bud believed in me. He told me that in order for me to win, for me to be great, I had to trust my team. He had to make the right pass, he couldn't be stubborn: he had to trust this process, "he said.
Finally, Antetokounmpo was very proud to have achieved this championship for Milwaukee (USA).
"This is my city. They trust me, "he said.
“Even when we lost (in other seasons), the city was still there (with the team). I wanted to finish the job (…). It is easy to go elsewhere to win a championship with others. I could have gone to a 'super team', fulfilled my role and won a championship. But this was the hard way to do it and we did it, "he closed.