LOOK: Giannis Antetokounmpo orders 'exactly' 50 chicken minis at Chick-fil-A after NBA championship win

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What did Giannis average in the Finals?

Did a little bit of everything.” For the series, Antetokounmpo capped off one of the most astounding Finals by any individual player. He averaged 35.2 points, 13.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.8 blocks (on 65.8% true shooting) without cracking 40 minutes per game. ForbesGiannis Antetokounmpo Completed One Of The Greatest NBA Finals Performances Of All Time

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is having the time of his life. The 26-year-old superstar won his first championship and Finals MVP award on Tuesday, and he is embracing every second of his newfound status. On Tuesday night, he celebrated with teammates, but on Wednesday, he was a bit more laid back. Emphasis on "a bit," because very little about what he filmed himself doing could be described as "laid back."

Antetokounmpo decided to drive to a Chick-Fil-A on Wednesday with a couple of souvenirs: the Larry O'Brien trophy and the Finals MVP trophy. He explained the decision on Instagram Live. 

"I was supposed to be in Vegas right now partying, but I'm here ordering Chick-fil-A." Antetokounmpo said. "These trophies are not leaving my sight. What if, all of a sudden, I wake up and this is all a dream? These trophies are my security, basically. Like I touch them and know this is real."

They are very real, and even the employees at Chick-fil-A have to know that. When Antetokounmpo placed his order, he was extremely specific. He ordered exactly 50 chicken minis. "Not 51, not 49, chicken minis, 50."

Antetokounmpo scored 50 points in the Game 6 clincher, tying him with Bob Pettit for the NBA record in a championship-clinching game, so apparently, he's eating one chicken mini for each point he scored. That isn't exactly healthy, but very little of what Antetokounmpo has done since winning the title could be described as such. In that same Instagram Live video, he revealed that he hadn't yet slept after winning it all. 

Antetokounmpo is so sleep-deprived that in that last video, he forgot which trophy was the Larry O'Brien trophy for a moment. He can be forgiven for that. Players don't get to win championships often, so when they do, they deserve free license to celebrate as much as they see fit. 

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Flight of antsy: Suns star and Bucks duo flip from NBA Finals foes to Olympic teammates

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“Silent,” Booker described the scene. “Just a lot of emotion.”

It’s the kind of defeat that takes time to process, or even overcome. You get that close to the dream, and you never fully get over it.

Yet Booker didn't have much time to wallow. He’s due over here at the Olympics, ASAP. He’s set to be a major player for USA Basketball, which is heavily favored at -350 to win gold with BetMGM.

“I’ve got to get on a flight in a couple hours, I think,” Booker said Tuesday in Milwaukee. “Out to Tokyo.”

The flight may actually wait until later in the week, but it won’t change the strangeness factor. USA Basketball will have a private plane ready for not just Booker, but two of his finals opponents — the Bucks' Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton — who will, no doubt, be in far better moods.

Essentially, after two weeks of battling for the biggest prize in professional basketball, the three have to immediately become teammates, and even share a Transpacific flight together to chase the biggest prize in international basketball.

Booker will be mourning a loss. Holiday and Middleton will still be on a championship high. Any hard feelings will have to be worked out quickly. Each player is considered a pro’s pro and each has spoken about how powerful it will be to wear the red, white and blue. Booker dubbed it “a life goal of mine.”

“Representing your country is a whole different dynamic than competing against each other in the NBA Finals,” Booker said.

“I’m sure we won’t be best buddies during Team USA, but we’ll be teammates, for sure,” Middleton said. “We’ll be on the same path, talking basketball X’s and O’s, trying to get the job done … I think we’ll be fine.”

As tough as this will be for Booker, it may be just as hard for the victors. Booker sounded eager to just keep playing, although whether that lasts remains to be seen. After the victory Holiday said he was just exhausted, physically, mentally and emotionally.

“I think I'm just going to sleep,” Holiday said after his 46-minute, 12-point, 11-assist and nine-rebound effort in Game 6. “I've run around a lot in this series. I'm not going to lie. I'm going to sleep.”

As for the Olympics, he didn’t know what to say.

“I'm going to celebrate with my family and celebrate with my team and then I’ve got to get on another flight,” Holiday said. “That's a whole other story. That's something that you — yeah, I don't know … I'm like at a loss for words. I've got to celebrate this and then get on a flight and represent my country.”

This is a new situation in basketball. NBA players have been competing in the Olympics since the 1992 Dream Team. So opponents, even bitter rivals, have had to coexist — as they do in other international sports.

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, for example, Golden State’s Draymond Green and Klay Thompson had to become teammates with Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving after Irving hit a decisive Game 7 shot to win the NBA title. There was well over a month between that and the start of the Olympics, though.

The 2020-21 NBA season started late due to Covid, which pushed the NBA Finals back as well. Game 7 of the Finals, if necessary, is usually on Father’s Day in mid-June.

Team USA has its first game on Sunday against France. So Booker, Middleton and Holiday are coming in hot — had the Finals gone to a Game 7, they would have actually played on Thursday … and then left the next morning.

The Americans have had a rough run-up to the Olympics. They lost two exhibition games and had a key player, Bradley Beal, lost due to Covid. In a bit of good news, Chicago Bulls star Zach LaVine will be able to join the team after contact tracing.

There is talent on this USA squad — especially in Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard. Adding Booker, Middleton and Holiday, though, is huge as it seeks its fourth consecutive gold medal. These aren’t just skilled players, but heart and soul winners, as their Finals appearances and triumphs show. 

So they’ll be counted on. Although Team USA coach Gregg Popovich, who has won five NBA titles as a head coach and is well schooled in how draining the Finals are, said they’ll be eased into the rotation. He isn’t bothering trying to make them study game plans or footage on the flight over.

“They’re going to sleep,” Popovich laughed.

Now they just have to get to Tokyo, hours after the biggest win or most gut-wrenching defeat of their lives.

They are three teammates now, all on a flight like no other.

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For Kevin Durant, what’s done is done ... no ‘what if’s’

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Nothing but respect for the Milwaukee Bucks franchise, the city of Milwaukee and those loud ass fans. Incredible playoff run fellas!

No talk about a foot on the line or Kyrie Irving’s ankle sprain or James Harden’s hamstring. Later, during a press conference in Tokyo with Team USA, KD expanded on his thinking, a month after the Nets lost Game 7 to the Bucks in an overtime killer. No what ifs?

“Not really,” Durant said after Team USA practice in Tokyo. “I mean, you played (to win). No moral victories you know? You only want to be last team standing in the NBA Finals, in the playoffs. So, no.

“I mean, we understand how good we are, and our goal wasn’t just to push the Bucks: Our goal was to win it. Unfortunately we didn’t. But congrats to the Bucks. They’re an amazing team who fought through a lot these last few years to get to this point, so nothing but respect for them.”

KD also suggested the Bucks could even turn into a “dynasty,” a word he said he doesn’t use lightly.

“I know it’s the first chip and a lot of people call you a dynasty after a few (titles), but the continuity of that team is something that’s impressive and how they continue to build and add and now they’re champions, and you can appreciate that,” Durant said. “To see a couple of friends become champions today was cool. That experience doesn’t happen for just anybody, so you respect that journey.”

Durant did not react to Giannis Antetokounmpo’s comments about superteams, the kind of team Sean Marks had put together in Brooklyn ... and an idea the Finals MVP eschewed when he signed a $228 million, five year extension with the Bucks earlier this season.

“I wanted to get the job done. But that’s my stubborn side. It’s easy to go somewhere and go win a championship with somebody else,” said Antetokounmpo after a performance for the ages both in Game 6 and in the playoffs. “It’s easy.

“I could go to…I don’t want to put anybody on the spot, but I could go to a superteam and just do my part and win a championship. But this is the hard way to do it, and this is the way we chose to do it. And we did it. We f–king did it.”

The “The Big Three” will be back in Brooklyn next season, ready to make their own championship drive. And Brooklyn was installed as the betting favorite by two sports books William Hill and BetMGM, Tuesday night, with the Lakers also ahead of the newly crowned champs.

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