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Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo gets brutally honest on knee injury before NBA Finals

Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo, NBA Finals

The Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo are celebrating their NBA Finals win as long as they possibly can. The two-time MVP was named the Finals MVP and went nuclear in Game 6 vs the Phoenix Suns with a 50-point performance to seal the deal. He celebrated by driving thru Chick-Fil-A and ordering a 50 piece chicken minis, among other things.

Well, Eric Nehm from The Athletic had a one-on-one interview with Giannis, and the Bucks superstar revealed a bit more detail about the scary knee injury that almost forced him to sit out the NBA Finals.

“This playoffs, coming back after Game 4, my knee looked like an elbow. And I was playing with a sleeve, I wasn’t even 100 percent. People don’t say that. People don’t talk about it! I’m emotional, I should not be, but that’s fuckin’ tough…That’s the tough part, not winning a game, it’s coming back after your knee looked like an elbow. But that’s how I’m built. That’s how I’m built. I’m never gonna change.”

Yeah, that doesn’t sound good at all. Either way, somehow, Giannis stepped up, shook off the injury, and went absolutely nuclear in the NBA Finals to bring the Bucks their first title in 50 years. And the celebrations began.

At the time, people feared that his season was over amidst the most important stretch of his career. Yet he got up, got to work, and dominated on the biggest stage and overcame a 2-0 deficit to take home the crown for the Bucks.

He scored 40 or more points in three of the six games and posted a double-double in all but one game of the NBA Finals, an absolutely ridiculous feat especially after suffering a brutal knee injury.

He’s earned the right to celebrate, and at just 26 years old, this might not be the only time we see Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks hoisting a Larry O’Brien trophy.