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NBA MVP 2020: Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo named most valuable player…

first_imgSportNBA 2020-21Sport News Latest Sports News Football Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo said on Friday he’ll treasure his second straight NBA Most Valuable Player award and redouble his efforts to capture a league crown.The 25-year-old from Greece became just the third player in history to earn MVP and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same season, after Michael Jordan in 1988 and Hakeem Olajuwon in 1994. Previous articleAbu Dhabi all set for MI vs CSK IPL 2020 opening match; IPL releases official videoNext articleMI vs CSK Live : IPL 2020 fans allowed in the stadium but only virtually Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. 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I’m extremely blessed.“It’s been a long journey,” Antetokounmpo added. “The people that know me, the people that know my story, you can never take these moments for granted.”Antetokounmpo won in a landslide, receiving 85 first-place votes from a global panel of sports reporters and broadcasters, the league announced on Friday.Los Angeles Lakers star James received 16 first-place votes and the third finalist, James Harden of the Houston Rockets, did not receive any first-place votes.The voting was based on performance from the start of the season through March 11, when play was shut down in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.It did not included the “seeding games” played when teams in contention for playoff spots once play resumed in Orlando.Antetokounmpo averaged 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists in leading the Bucks to the best regular-season record in the pandemic-disrupted season.But he had to watch from the sidelines as the Heat won game five of their semi-final series, nursing a sprained ankle suffered in game three and aggravated in game four.“Obviously, I am disappointed to not be able to help our team go to the third round,” he said. “That feeling cannot take away from this award.“I’m happy for this award, but I want more,” he said. “I want to be a champion.”As a veteran entering his eighth season, Antetokounmpo will be eligible to receive a supermax contract extension from the Bucks.The Bucks reportedly plan to extend that offer as soon as they can — after the 2019-20 season officially ends.There has been widespread speculation as to whether a player of Antetokounmpo’s stature will be happy to remain in the small market of Milwaukee.He met with Bucks owners including Marc Lasry before heading to Greece and has indicated he’d be open to staying.Providing he’s convinced the team is determined to invest the resources to pursue a title, Antetokounmpo said Friday, “I don’t see why not to be in Milwaukee for the next 15 years.” Football Football Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey: Top 5 players to watch out for in SUI vs TUR Football Euro 2020 LIVE broadcast in more than 200 countries, check how you can watch Live Streaming of EURO 2020 in your country Football RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Esports Euro 2020- Spain vs Poland Highlights: Spain held to 1-1 draw as Lewandowski’s Poland keep Euro hopes alive Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey LIVE: Switzerland to punish hapless Turkey; Follow Live Updates, Follow Live update Football Euro 2020 Points table: Germany secure first win, Poland keep Euro hopes alive; Check Euro 2020 latest group standings PUBG Mobile – Krafton IPO: PUBG Mobile promoters Krafton ready to break all records, aims 5 billion IPO NBA MVP 2020: Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo named most valuable player for 2nd time YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. 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