Giannis Antetokounmpo wants his NBA Finals heroics to inspire others to 'believe in their dreams'
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It's been a long journey to the very top of basketball for Giannis Antetokounmpo.
(CNN)It's been a long journey to the very top of basketball for Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Milwaukee Bucks star, nicknamed the 'Greek Freak', inspired his team to its first NBA championship in 50 years on Tuesday, recording a staggering 50 points and five blocks.
He also became the seventh player to have at least 50 points in the championship round and matched the achievement made by Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon after clinching the season MVP, the NBA Finals MVP and NBA defensive player of the year award.
"But I never thought I'm going to be 26 years-old, with my team playing the NBA Finals.
Having shown promise in the Greek leagues, Antetokounmpo was spotted and eventually drafted into the NBA by the Bucks.
I made my free throws tonight and I'm a freaking champion. "