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Giannis Antetokounmpo receives praise from NBA’s elite after championship victory

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 20: Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks celebrate with the Larry O'Brien Trophy after winning Game Six of the 2021 NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns on July 20, 2021 at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks are officially the 2021 NBA Champions. Last night, the Bucks defeated Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns 105-98 to win the championship. Above all, Antetokounmpo was the driving force behind the victory. As a result, Giannis Antetokounmpo received praise from players from around the league.

Living legends show love

LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Durant congratulated Giannis. James won his fourth championship last season with the Los Angeles Lakers. Meanwhile, Durant and Curry won two titles together in 2017 and 2018.

Defense wins championships

In addition, Giannis received praise from Draymond Green and Rudy Gobert. Both of these players have won the Defensive Player of the Year award in the past. Previously, Antetokounmpo won the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2020. Gobert earned the award for the third time this past season. Similarly, Green won the award in 2017 and is a three-time champion in his own right.

Rising stars inspired to shine

Giannis Antetokounmpo received praise from some of the league’s younger stars. Ja Morant, Donovan Mitchell, and Bam Adebayo were all impressed by the performance. As a result, they all took time to show praise. The Miami Heat appeared in the finals last season partly because of Adebayo’s play. Morant and Mitchell went head to head in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

Portland Trailblazers show respect

CJ McCollum and Robert Covington also took to Twitter to congratulate the performance. The Portland Trailblazers played in the Western Conference Finals in 2019.

Kendrick Perkins change tune

Kendrick Perkins had previously called Giannis a Robin to Khris Middleton’s Batman. However, it appears he has changed his tune. Perkins was in awe of the Greek Freak’s performance. He went on to call the game “the greatest performance in a close-out Finals game in NBA history.”

Antetokounmpo averaged 30.2 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 5.1 assists over 21 playoff games. In doing so, he has led the Bucks to their first championship in 50 years. Giannis and the Bucks will now take some time to rest and celebrate their hard-earned victory.

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