For Giannis Antetokounmpo, the night of July 19th will go down as one of the greatest nights of his career. He and the Milwaukee Bucks closed out their series with the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to become NBA champions. Giannis had an all-time legendary performance in Game 6, scoring 50 points, and going 17/19 from the free-throw line.
Furthermore, he was a juggernaut on the defensive end, with 5 blocks to stop the Suns from getting buckets. Giannis was named Finals MVP, adding to his already historic list of accolades in the NBA. Despite achieving all of this, however, Giannis cannot believe that any of it actually happened.
In an Instagram Live session, Giannis Antetokounmpo spoke about keeping the trophies very close to him a day after winning the NBA championship. He noted that he hasn't let go of the trophies because he isn't even sure of what happened.
Giannis fears that he will wake up at any moment and all of this will turn out to be a dream that he had conjured up in his own mind. Which is why he has held on to the trophies, as they give him 'security', and let him know that whatever transpired during and after Game 6 was real, and he isn't living in a fantasy.
"I was supposed to be in Vegas right now partying... 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, I touch them and know it's real."
Giannis has no reason to let go of the trophies anytime soon. This is his moment, and he needs to revel in it. But he will have to relinquish the title when the new NBA season begins. Given how attached Giannis has become to the championship and the Finals MVP trophy, he will have added motivation to win it back the following season.