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Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo says Kobe Bryant definitely ‘started the flame’ in hunt for MVP award

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kobe Bryant, Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has officially been hailed as the 2018-19 MVP. The Greek Freak averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game, leading Milwaukee to the best record in the league.

During his speech, Giannis thanked one of the people who motivated him to work hard for the prestigious award.

The Black Mamba himself, Kobe Bryant.

In 2017, Bryant challenged multiple athletes to do something that they haven’t been able to do in their careers. His challenge to Antetokounmpo was to win the MVP. Giannis responded emphatically to Kobe’s dare and took the league by storm.

Shortly after winning the MVP award, Bryant congratulated Antetokounmpo on Twitter and followed it up with yet another challenge: to win an NBA championship

Giannis will definitely be motivated to prove himself once again, especially now that he is being pushed by one of his childhood heroes. The Bucks will surely be contenders as long as the Greek Freak is with them.

It will be a tougher journey ahead for Giannis since most NBA teams will look to strengthen their roster in hopes of winning a championship next season. One of the squads who already made a major revamp is Bryant’s former team, the Los Angeles Lakers. Not only do they have LeBron James, but they now also have Anthony Davis.

But regardless of who stands in his way next season, Giannis will be determined to take them down — not because he wants to complete Kobe’s second challenge but because he wants to solidify his NBA legacy with a championship ring.