Giannis Antetokounmpo was challenged on Twitter by the late Hall of Famer two years ago to win a title after previously fulfilling Bryant’s challenge to win an MVP award.
Consider Bryant’s confidence in the Bucks superstar fully validated now. Antetokounmpo scored 50 points in Game 6 against the Phoenix Suns. He won the MVP award of the final for good measure.
After the game, “The Greek Freak” recalled his correspondence with the legend of the Lakers, killed in a helicopter crash in January 2020.
“I didn’t think he was going to answer me. But when he did, he made me believe, ”Antetokounmpo told reporters in a clip that can be seen below. “I’m like ‘Kobe Bryant thinks I can do this? Can I play at a high level and lead my team and earn MVP? ‘ I had to do it.”
“I had to work hard,” he added. “And not necessarily so as not to let him down. I had to work hard because people believed I could do it, and that’s the thing.
“It’s unreal. I can not believe it.