Brilliant. Legendary. Historic. Incredible. Ridiculous.
There are a lot more adjectives I could use to describe what we saw from Giannis Antetokounmpo in Game 6—or hell, during the entire NBA Finals. But after the Greek Freak authored one of the single greatest performances the Association has ever seen, or may ever see in a Finals close-out game, doing justice to just how mesmerizing it was watching Antetokounmpo lead the Bucks to their first title in 50 years ain’t easy.
LeBron James is once again an NBA champion. This is his fourth NBA title and this one was unlike anything we’ve ever seen. He’s now won a title with three different franchises. This was his year 17 season. That is all insane. Another thing that is truly crazy is the fact that people thought this would somehow settle the Michael Jordan and LeBron debate. Like it would suddenly go away or either side would just concede. If anything, this is going to make people dig in even more. LeBron has even more ammo for his career now. He just won a title with the Lakers and won yet another Finals MVP award. He’s now legitimately in striking distance of MJ and those six titles. Will he be able to get there? We’ll have to see, but he’s closer than ever and on a pretty damn good Lakers team.
With the shot clock winding down and Nikola Jokic in a rare struggle to find a teammate, Jamal Murray scurried toward him, then away, then back to the Serbian to free himself from Paul George. All that just for Kawhi Leonard to switch onto him as he finally received the ball. But the daunting task of taking down the reigning Finals MVP and former Defensive Player of the Year did little in the way of fazing him—Murray calmly rose up and hoisted a shot going to his right and almost fading into Doc Rivers and a referee on the sidelines. It was the type of shot that fit only one description: