Giannis Antetokounmpo Once Had to Hitch a Ride to a Game With Strangers

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Has Milwaukee ever won an NBA championship?

NBA Finals: Milwaukee Bucks win 1st NBA title since 1971 with 105-98 victory over Phoenix Suns - ABC7 Chicago. WLS-TVNBA Finals: Milwaukee Bucks win 1st NBA title since 1971 with 105-98 victory over Phoenix Suns

Who was the Finals MVP in 2021?

Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo Named 2021 NBA Finals MVP. si.comBucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo Named 2021 NBA Finals MVP

What did Giannis average in the Finals?

Antetokounmpo averaged 35.2 points (on 61.8% shooting), 13.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals. "It's hard to find more words to describe what Giannis does," Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said. Milwaukee Journal SentinelMilwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo wins NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award

Who won the basketball game between Phoenix and Milwaukee?

Milwaukee waited 50 years for that. Antetokounmpo ended one of the greatest NBA Finals ever with 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots as the Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 105-98 on Tuesday night to win an entertaining series 4-2 and cap off a joyous return to a fan-filled postseason after last year's NBA bubble. NBA.comPhoenix Suns vs Milwaukee Bucks Jul 20, 2021 Game - Scores, Stats & Highlights

Take, for example, this anecdote from a March 2014 Sports Illustrated article by Chris Mannix:

In December, Antetokounmpo took a taxi from his suburban Milwaukee home to a nearby Western Union. It was a game day, and Antetokounmpo wanted to wire some money to his family in Athens before heading to the arena. He went to the ATM, withdrew some cash and sent it. When he went back to take out more for cab fare, he discovered he had reached his limit. Panicked, Antetokounmpo decided to run the two or so miles to the Bradley. A young married couple pulled up alongside him.

"Are you the Bucks rookie?" they asked.

"Yes, please," Antetokounmpo replied. He hopped into the backseat of the SUV and was dropped off at the arena's front door.

The woman who picked Giannis up was the aunt of Aaron Gleeman, a Twins writer for The Athletic. After the Bucks’ win, Gleeman shared an email from his aunt detailing her encounter with Giannis, who was also underdressed for the cold Milwaukee weather when he decided to jog to the arena. 

Giannis has obviously come a long way since his rookie year, but part of what makes him such a fun player to root for is that, underneath the 50 pounds of muscle he’s added since then, he still seems a lot like the kind of guy who would hitch a ride with a stranger and be awestruck by smoothies.

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Milwaukee Bucks Fans Flee In Terror After Gunshots Ring Out At Championship Celebration

TMZ 21 July, 2021 - 08:39am

It all happened near Fiserv Forum, where just minutes prior to the chaos, Giannis Antetokounmpo had helped earn Milwaukee an NBA title with a victory over the Suns.

Multiple cameras captured the terrifying images from the streets surrounding the arena ... and in footage from WISN12 News' broadcast -- you can see just how horrifying the situation was.

Gunfire erupted loudly and repeatedly near hundreds of fans who were celebrating the victory ... and it all grew so intense, people could be seen sprinting from the area in fear.

Terrifying moments on Water Street as dozens of shots ring out where crowds of #Bucks fans were celebrating the win @cbs58 pic.twitter.com/DZqTjRrkc4

Milwaukee Police have not given specific details surrounding the shots yet -- but officials did say in a statement Wednesday that 3 people were injured in shootings shortly after the Bucks won it all.

According to cops, a 19-year-old woman, a 32-year-old man, and a 22-year-old man all suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Police added they've launched an investigation into it all.

Just before the gunfire broke out ... the scene was epic in Milwaukee -- with more than 60,000 fans cramming into areas near the stadium to watch the game and then celebrate the win afterward.

Some were seen climbing on street poles after the victory ... while others were caught on camera leaping into the Milwaukee River.

Bucks fans are jumping off a bridge into the Milwaukee River near Pere Marquette Park pic.twitter.com/nIYtP1zPeF

The NBA championship is Milwaukee's first since 1971.

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