Giannis Antetokounmpo has accomplished almost everything that a player can in his first seven years in the NBA. He’s won Most Improved Player, Defensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player, the last of which he’s won twice. However, there’s one piece of hardware that Giannis doesn’t have to his name that his younger brother (and Lakers two-way player) Kostas does: An NBA championship.
Despite the fact that Kostas didn’t log a single second in the NBA playoffs, he will receive a championship ring because he was part of the Lakers’ roster. He’s a champion, and apparently he’s made no bones about showing it around his siblings.
On Monday, Giannis posted a video of him and Kostas hanging out, and Kostas was carrying himself like he’s the older brother. I guess that’s just the type of confidence holding a Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy gives you:
Hopefully now Giannis can learn what it means to be a champion from Kostas because it would be genuinely disappointing if a player of Giannis’s caliber didn’t win at least one championship in his career. I mean, we’re talking about someone that averaged 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1 steal and 1 block per game last season — those are video game numbers!
We can also hope that Giannis came to the same conclusion that Kostas did last summer, which is that the quickest and easiest way to win a championship is to team up with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Giannis will have the opportunity to enter unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2021, when the Lakers are projected to have enough cap space to sign a 30% max free agent like Giannis.
I’m just saying: Los Angeles is nice this time of year, Giannis!