'50 chicken nuggets': See unique way Giannis celebrated NBA title

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Bucks legend Giannis Antetokounmpo celebrated his NBA Championship with a trip to Chick-fil-A.

The MVP has been documenting the hours since the Bucks beat the Suns on Instagram.

Giannis first posted a photo of the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy and the NBA Finals MVP Trophy on his kitchen counter with his older brother Thanasis Antetokounmpo eating nearby.

The caption read "Welcome to the Antetokounmpo home."

He then posted another photo of the two trophies in bed with the caption "Goodnight from us."

We're not sure if Giannis got any sleep.

He decided he needed Chick-fil-A to start his Wednesday.

"I can't go to bed. I can't sleep. I'm hungry. I was so dedicated to the game," Giannis said.

He had more than 160,000 viewers watching his Instagram Live video from the fast food drive-thru line.

Giannis visited the location near North 124th Street and West Capitol Drive in Brookfield.

He ordered a 50-piece chicken nugget meal and a half lemonade, half Sprite.

Giannis's partner, Mariah Riddlesprigger, was driving his Mercedes SUV.

He held the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy.

Fans began to recognize the NBA star after he placed his order.

Several fans went to his SUV and chanted "Bucks in 6!"

"This is why I love Milwaukee," he said on Instagram Live.

Chick-fil-A workers also got in on the action.

Giannis joked that he wanted to get free Chick-fil-A for life.

The Pewaukee location tweeted at Giannis and told him they could make it happen.

At one point, the swarm of fans became too much and Giannis and Mariah drove off without receiving their order.

WISN 12's Stephanie Sutton got to Chick-fil-A as the couple returned to get their food.

A store manager brought the bag out.

Sutton was able to ask Giannis about getting Chick-fil-A after his NBA victory.

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A lot of you have probably seen some version of the Chick-Fil-A video by now but to recap for those who haven’t:

Antetokounmpo, understandably, stayed up all night after winning the championship as he notes here, saying he can’t sleep.

So he went to Chick-Fil-A. With both the championship trophy and his MVP trophy.

And at Chick-Fil-A, he had some fun. He ordered 50 Chicken minis - exactly 50, not 49 or 51...exactly 50. He very politely asked the woman taking his order if he could put her on camera and told her 150,000 people were watching. Then he visited with some of his adoring Milwaukee fans and on the way out, asked if he could get free Chick-Fil-A for life.

If Chick-Fil-A is smart, they’ll give it to him and maybe, as @daynetic suggested, create a Giannis special - 50 minis and a half-sprite half-lemonade drink.

He’s the best thing that’s happened to the NBA since Michael Jordan and he’s bonded with Milwaukee fans in a way that LeBron James, and Kevin Durant, will never be able to bond with fans of whatever team they play for.

A look at 'Greek Freak' Giannis Antetokounmpo's journey from hardships to hero

PBS NewsHour 21 July, 2021 - 05:20pm

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The city of Milwaukee is celebrating its first national basketball championship in 50 years. It's a delirious moment for a city and a smaller-market team that once won with the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson. Fans are cheering the team and its new superstar leader Giannis Antetokounmpo — the seventh player in NBA history to score 50 or more points in a final. Stephanie Sy reports.

And we close with how the city of Milwaukee is celebrating its first NBA championship in 50 years.

It's a delirious moment for a city and a smaller market team that had finished short of its expectations for several years. Milwaukee last won with the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, known then as Lew Alcindor, and Oscar Robertson. Fans are cheering the team and the new superstar leader who became just the seventh player in NBA history to score 50 or more points in a finals game.

It's over. The Bucks have done it. The long wait has ended. After a half-century, the Milwaukee Bucks are NBA champions once again!

A city ecstatic. The Milwaukee Bucks lifting up the Larry O'Brien Trophy, defeating the Phoenix Suns 105-98 in game six of the NBA finals.

Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 50 points, snatched 14 rebounds, and posted five blocks in a virtuoso performance, earning him the finals MVP Award. On his big night, the superstar remembered where it all began.

I started playing basketball just to help my family, tried to get them out of the struggle, the challenges we were facing when we were kids.

I never thought ever that I'd be 26, and I would be sitting in this chair with this right here and this right here.

Born in Greece to Nigerian parents, Antetokounmpo and his brothers sold trinkets on the streets to survive. He faced racism and hardship.

But in Greece today, he's a hero. At the Kivotos Cafe, where a teenaged Antetokounmpo used to grab juice and a sandwich before basketball practice, they celebrate.

Antetokounmpo has brought not only basketball, but sporting role models back to this generation. He's no longer Giannis from Sepolia. At this moment, he's Giannis of the entire world.

He first made a name for himself playing in Athens, and became known in the NBA as the Greek freak for his 6'11" frame, combined with explosive athleticism.

A force to be sure, but he didn't pull off the championship alone. Khris Middleton made key plays in the Bucks' playoff run. Middleton and Antetokounmpo have played eight seasons together. After Giannis' initial contract with the Bucks expired, there were rumors he might leave, but the two-time MVP vowed to stay with Milwaukee, and, last night, it paid off.

Eight years ago, eight-and-a-half years ago, when I came into the league, I didn't know where my next move will come from. You know, my mom was selling stuff in the street.

Like, and now I'm here sitting at the top of the top. Don't let nobody tell you what you can't be and what you cannot do. You know, people told me I can't make free throws. I made my free throws tonight. And I'm a freaking champion.

I have been up like this.

Can I have please a 50-piece mac-minis, 50 exactly.

Not 51, not 49 chicken minis, yes? Fifty.

To honor snapping a 50-year title drought with a 50-point performance, a drive-through meal for the champ.

For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm Stephanie Sy.

And you have got to feel uplifted by that, no matter which team you're for.

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Stephanie Sy is a PBS NewsHour correspondent and serves as anchor of PBS NewsHour West. Throughout her career, she served in anchor and correspondent capacities for ABC News, Al Jazeera America, CBSN, CNN International, and PBS NewsHour Weekend. Prior to joining NewsHour, she was with Yahoo News where she anchored coverage of the 2018 Midterm Elections and reported from Donald Trump’s victory party on Election Day 2016.

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