An Antetokonmpo has finally won a championship ring, although not Giannis but his younger brother Kostas. The latter was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers squad which defeated the Miami Heat, 4-2, in the 2020 NBA Finals.
The 2020 NBA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year congratulated the Lakers rookie via a post on Twitter:
Congratulations @Kostas_ante13 I’m so freaking proud!! You are a NBA champ for life ❤️❤️❤️ Way to represent our family and our countries. pic.twitter.com/abqBFoWqsc
— Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) October 12, 2020
The older Antetokounmpo definitely wished that it was his team playing in the NBA Finals against his brother’s Lakers squad. After tallying a league-best 53-12 regular-season record prior to the forced shutdown back in early March of 2020.
However, his Milwaukee Bucks team failed to live up to the expectations set on the team. The Wisconsin-based squad managed to dominate against the eight-seeded Orlando Magic which ended on a 4-1 series outcome.
They went on to face the Miami Heat and only won a single game in the series against the eventual NBA Finals contenders. Giannis Antetokounmpo was limited by an ankle injury which he further aggravated in Game 4 of the series.
Khris Middleton attempted to shoulder the scoring load of the Bucks in lieu of Antetokounmpo’s absence and showed out with 23 points in Game 5. His performance still wasn’t enough as the Bucks eventually succumbed to the Heat in a 103-94 loss which eliminated them in the 2020 NBA Playoffs.
After their unexpected early exit in the postseason, the two-time NBA MVP was in the center of swirling rumors of him potentially taking his talents to other teams. The 25-year old player, however, assured the Bucks of his commitment in the coming season and vowed to be back in the mix of things come the 2021 NBA season.