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Milwaukee Bucks Star Giannis Antetokounmpo Wins NBA MVP Award, Gives Emotional Speech Thanking His Mother

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Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo won the NBA MVP award Monday night.

The Greek Freak locked up the award after a dominating season that saw Milwaukee go all the way to the Eastern Conference finals. (RELATED: Milwaukee Bucks Star Bullies Blake Griffin With Humiliating Dunk)

However, it was his speech last night people might remember for a long time. As he fought back tears, he thanked his mother in the audience for seeing “the future” for him and he called her his “true hero.

Watch the emotional moment below.

There’s nothing better than watching somebody thank their mother the way he did. That’s the kind of emotion you simply can’t fake. It really doesn’t get much more authentic.

The story of Giannis is truly incredible. He was a nobody coming out of Greece. I remember reading about the scrawny foreign player my junior year of college and he looked like he belonged in a middle school game.

Even when he entered the league, he looked like he might snap in half if he fell hard enough. Since joining the Bucks, he’s set the league on fire.

He’s got a long career ahead of him, and I hope he chooses to ride it out with the Bucks for a very long time.

People back home absolutely love the guy, and it’s not hard to see why. He’s one of the most likable guys in all of sports. He’s humble, he’s charismatic and he’s an unstoppable force. Giannis everything you want in a star.

 

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Props to him for earning the award. I can’t wait to see what he does next.