Giannis Antetokounmpo faces Kobe Bryant’s “problem” when Bucks win the NBA finals

Giannis Antetokounmpo mastered the challenge.

In 2017, the late, great Kobe Bryant had just retired to end his storied NBA career and spent his free time tweeting “Challenges” to the next generation of athletes.

Feeling left out, Antetokounmpo tweeted at Bryant asking the basketball icon to offer a challenge. . .

. . . to which Bryant replied:

Bryant’s first challenge to Antetokounmpo was to win an NBA MVP award, which Giannis completed after the 2018-19 season. He won it again for a good measure in 2020. But the Bucks playoffs during those years did not lead to championship rings; they were ousted in these years in the final of the Eastern Conference and in the semi-final of the Eastern Conference.

To that end, the next level of Bryant’s challenge against Antetokounmpo was a little tougher: win a championship. Giannis and the Bucks did just that Tuesday night with a 105-98 win over the Suns in Game 6 of the 2021 NBA Finals.

And to make sure he didn’t meet the challenge cheaply, Antetokounmpo was named Finals MVP after scoring 50 points in Game 6, only the seventh 50-point performance in the history of the NBA Finals.

Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in 2020, isn’t there to see Antetokounmpo tackle his challenges, but you can bet he’d be amazed about it.

However, you can bet that Kobe’s next challenge would have been three-peat. That could be too herculean for the “Greek Freak”.

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