Giannis Antetokounmpo celebrates NBA title with Chick-fil-A run, photo ops with fans

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Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo celebrated his first NBA championship on Wednesday riding around the city and taking the Larry O’Brien Trophy to Chick-fil-A.

Antetokounmpo was on Instagram Live and celebrated his 50-point game to close out the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night with 50 chicken nuggets and a beverage of course.

Additionally, Antetokounmpo took pictures with fans who had popped by his vehicle to congratulate and celebrate with him. The Bucks star even let one fan touch the trophy and the guy was over the moon.

"This is why I love Milwaukee," Antetokounmpo said. "This is why I chose to stay because we celebrate together. It’s been like this since Day One. And I love this."

He scored 50 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, recorded five blocks and dished out two assists in the win.

He is the first player since Shaquille O’Neal to record 40 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in any playoff game, according to ESPN Stats & Info. O’Neal did it in 2001. He's also the first player to have a 50-10-5 stat line since blocks were first tracked in the 1973-74 season.

It's Milwaukee’s first championship since 1971.

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Shots are fired and two cops are injured during Milwaukee Bucks' celebration

Daily Mail 21 July, 2021 - 04:10pm

By Rachel Sharp For Dailymail.com

Milwaukee descended into chaos Tuesday night as gunshots rung out in the streets and two cops were injured during celebrations marking the Bucks' first NBA title in 50 years.

Bucks' fans were sent fleeing from North Water Street in the Deer District, downtown Milwaukee, just before 12:45am Wednesday morning when shots were fired, reported WISN

Police rushed to the scene and put up crime tape around the area. It is not clear if anyone was injured.  

More than 65,000 Bucks fans packed in to the streets of the city Tuesday night, climbing up light poles and sending metal police barricades crowd surfing over the thousands of people amid the celebrations.

The huge street party comes despite the seven-day rolling average COVID-19 cases surging 160 percent in Wisconsin in the last two weeks alone and the Delta variant continuing to spread across the US. 

Milwaukee descended into chaos Tuesday night as gunshots rung out in the streets and two cops were injured during celebrations marking the Bucks' first NBA title in 50 years. Pictured the crowds gathered in the streets

While fewer than 50 percent of Milwaukee residents have been vaccinated, there was barely a mask in sight as thousands descended on the city Tuesday night

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While fewer than 50 percent of Milwaukee residents have been vaccinated, there was barely a mask in sight as thousands descended on the city Tuesday night.

Fans packed in to the downtown area crowd surfing and chanting 'Bucks in 6! Bucks in 6!'.  

Two cops were injured as the celebrations continued into the night.

It was not clear how serious the injuries were or how they were caused but more officers were called to the area around North 6th Street and West Highland Avenue, the outlet reported.   

A total of 150 National Guard troops had been drafted in ahead of the game to help local law enforcement while some people traveled from as far as Texas in the hope of being part of the historic win.

Earlier in the night, when the Bucks took home the trophy, several fans jumped into the Milwaukee River to celebrate the win.

The Bucks had announced Monday afternoon the Deer District space would be expanded to welcome more fans to watch the NBS Finals on several large outdoor screens.

Fans celebrate outside Fiserv Forum as the Milwaukee Bucks defeat the Phoenix Suns

Fans packed in to the downtown area crowd surfing and chanting 'Bucks in 6! Bucks in 6!'

Thousands of fans cheer after the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of the NBA basketball finals

Thousands are packed in with barely a mask in sight despite Milwaukee having a low COVID-19 vaccination rate and cases rising

The Bucks had announced Monday afternoon the Deer District space would be expanded to welcome more fans to watch the NBS Finals on several large outdoor screens 

As night fell the party continued with thousands of maskless partygoers packed in celebrating

'We have the best problem we've ever had – we've got to expand the footprint,' Bucks President Peter Feigin said. 

'We'll move the televisions around. We're learning about the space and how to accommodate more people.' 

This came after the Deer District reached capacity of 25,500 fans for Saturday night's game.

One fan Dan Dent told NBC15 he didn't want to miss out on Tuesday's game which marked the first game the Bucks played for the NBA Championship title since 1971.

'This is a once in a lifetime event, obviously it's been 50 years since the Bucks have been here. I want to be a part of history,' said Dent. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to victory Tuesday night with 50 points in a 105-98 Game 6 win over the Phoenix Suns. 

This made the Bucks the fifth team to win the NBA Finals after trailing 2-0.  

Antetokounmpo was also awarded the NBA Finals MVP trophy after he scored 14 rebounds and five blocked shots to win the series 4-2.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to victory Tuesday night with 50 points in a 105-98 Game 6 win over the Phoenix Suns

Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks celebrates winning the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Award

More than 65,000 Bucks fans packed in to the streets of the city Tuesday night, climbing up light poles and sending metal police barricades crowd surfing over the thousands of people amid the celebrations

The huge street party comes despite the seven-day rolling average COVID-19 cases surging 160 percent in Wisconsin in the last two weeks alone

It was the third game this series with at least 40 points and 10 rebounds for Antetokounmpo. 

City officials had expanded the outdoors watch area outside the Fiserv Forum arena to accommodate a crowd of 65,000 fans ahead of the game.

This cane on top of the more than 18,000 fans with tickets who packed inside the arena. 

The decision to welcome huge crowds to the area around the arena comes as the Delta variant is continuing to spread across the US. 

Milwaukee has one of the lowest vaccination rates nationwide, leading officials to launch a door-to-door vaccination initiative last week in a race against time against the more highly-contagious strain.  

Health commissioner Kirsten Johnson said less than 50 percent of residents are vaccinated with the Bucks and the city working together to raffle off tickets to the final to people getting vaccinated before the game.  

The Health Department's vaccination clinic for Game 6 ran from 6 pm to 7:45 pm  ahead of the game's 8pm start.  

Nationwide, the Delta variant now accounts for 83 percent of all new infections.

Just two weeks ago, this figure was around 50 percent of new cases.  

The spread of the strain has pushed cases up 224 percent nationwide in the last three weeks with a seven-day rolling average of 34,682 cases recorded Monday, up from the 10,678 average.

Nearly every state - aside from Montana and Iowa - and the District of Columbia have seen infections rise in the last week, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of Johns Hopkins data. 

With cases rising once again, US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier on Monday renewed the order that declares the COVID-19 pandemic a 'public health emergency'.  

Deaths aren't rising at the same rate as cases though, thanks to the vaccine rollout. 

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NBA Season 21 July, 2021 - 04:10pm

The Fans Are What Make This Bucks Title Special

GQ 21 July, 2021 - 04:10pm

On Tuesday night, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 105-98 to win the 2021 NBA Finals, thanks mostly to an otherworldly performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo, a two-time NBA MVP who nonetheless looked like he’d unlocked some skill level heretofore unavailable to those of mortal flesh. It was a terrific, sometimes transcendent series, with two well-coached, hungry teams. But I suspect the lasting takeaway, outside of Giannis’ confirmation as an all-time great, will be the fans. I do not remember hearing a sports arena louder than Milwaukee’s poorly-named-but-likely-still-shaking-this-morning Fiserv Forum last night. I do not know what the rapture will sound like, but it has to be something like this, yes?

The Milwaukee Bucks are one of the NBA’s longest-suffering fanbases, a loyal and vast gaggle of Midwesterners in a basketball-mad state that have gotten used, over the last 50 years, to seeing other, flashier, warmer cities celebrate, often with players who had bolted from Milwaukee. The original sin was Lew Alcindor, as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was known when he played in Milwaukee, leaving for multiple championships in Los Angeles four years after winning the Bucks a title; Ray Allen would eventually follow a similar path to the Celtics and Heat. The Bucks have not been a sad-sack franchise like, say, the Knicks; they’ve been regular playoff participants for most of those 50 years. (They made the postseason year every year in the ‘80s and only had one major drought from 1992-98.) But they never made it very far in the playoffs, never reaching even the Finals despite making the postseason 27 times. Bucks fans are forever being thwarted.

Suns fans can relate—they still have never won a title, ever, and who knows when they’ll ever get this close again—but this is the sort of breakthrough that rarely happens in the NBA, or in sports. It usually is the Lakers, or the Patriots, or the Red Sox, or a team whose fans get to debate whether this title was better than that title. It’s a title that every fan of every sadsack team dreams about, when all the frustration is released, when all the stupid time you spent following this stupid team every stupid year … finally pays off. When that one special player shows up, and stays, and wins.

It all comes together, and 50 years of being thwarted, of watching everyone else have fun without you, it all vanishes, and also you’ve just gone through one of the most harrowing periods in global history and now you’re suddenly shoulder-to-shoulder with tens of thousands of people who have gone through all this with you for all these years, and after not being able to unleash it all for so long, now, now you can. This is the time to lose your goddamn shit.

Years like this are always a little bit more special. It can be fun, I guess, to see a LeBron James or a Tom Brady add to their historical trophy case, but Milwaukee’s win is rarer, and more pleasantly regional. These Bucks, and Giannis specifically, are intricately tied up with the larger Wisconsin community; remember, the Bucks were the team that decided to stop playing in the bubble last year after the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. Giannis is beloved in the area in way few others are in any city, largely because of the sense, one also held by Giannis himself, that he has grown up there, that he has matured into the player and person he is with the entire city alongside him. This is a player who once hitched a ride with fans because he ran out of cab fare.

These are the titles that tend to last. The 2016 Cubs. The 2010 Saints. The 2004 Red Sox. The 1994 Rangers. The teams that reward long-suffering fanbases with the fruits of their labors. If the Browns or Bills ever win the Super Bowl, if the Maple Leafs ever win the Stanley Cup again, if Georgia wins the college football national championship, this is what it will feel like: Like an entire geographic region is euphoric, drained, restored.

That it happened on the heels of a time when there were no fans in the stands at all, with the games occurring in large petri dishes, made all those screams louder, made it all hit that much harder. What are sports supposed to be about? Teams win, teams lose, players succeed, players fail, everybody makes a bunch of money and the machine keeps rolling along. But moments like this, when it all comes together, and after decades of waiting, your feet rise above the ground and your brain falls out of your head and all the hairs on your body stand on end, this is the pinnacle. Fans are what sports are. And fans don’t get happier, and sports don’t get any better, than what Bucks fans and Giannis are getting to experience right now. Someday this could be you, and your team. It might not be. It probably won’t be. But it could be. And that’s why you keep watching. That’s why we all do.

Will Leitch is a contributing editor at New York Magazine, national columnist for MLB, a writer for Medium and the founder of Deadspin. Subscribe to his free weekly newsletter and buy his novel “How Lucky,” out from Harper Books now.

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