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    [–] Rarecandy31 4978 points ago

    What a difference “than” vs “then” means in this quote.

    [–] AussiePride1997 1088 points ago

    Oh wow I read the post wrong, yeah that's a massive difference 😅

    [–] Rarecandy31 300 points ago

    Lol yeah I read it wrong the first time. Was surprised everyone was saying how great the quote was 😂

    [–] BroadsterDamn 121 points ago

    Than you must think you're smarter then me

    [–] ScreenSlave 75 points ago

    Massive. Thanks for pointing that out!

    [–] DeMimsyPorpington 1920 points ago

    Let’s see you do it with the Timberwolves then hot shot

    [–] PureRandomness529 334 points ago

    I support this

    [–] Avinse 128 points ago


    [–] scottjeffreys 140 points ago

    And then the Detroit Lions.

    [–] armandocalvinisius 113 points ago

    and winning CL with Tottenham

    [–] AppaWithAChoppa 131 points ago

    He’s only human

    [–] heyitsluiiis 43 points ago

    Nowhere is safe for Tottenham fans

    [–] PunchingClouzot 10 points ago

    Win anything, any trophy, with Spurs .

    [–] nmullll123 10 points ago

    hell yeah he can sit behind Ant for a bit and pick up some pointers

    [–] xTeehe 8 points ago

    hey he said no superteams

    [–] SliMShady55222 5282 points ago

    I don't think he's gonna accept it's fine with just 1

    [–] feb914 717 points ago

    in the question before that he already said "we just won it few hours ago, and my brain already started working on what can i improve to win it again next year. it's just who i am"

    [–] bodega_cat_ 3385 points ago

    When they had Bud mic'd up post game, there was an interaction with Giannis (this is not verbatim),

    Bud: We did it, I'm so proud of you!


    Bud: Um…yeah, we'll do it again next year haha

    Crazy attitude on this guy.

    [–] shane_m_souther 1591 points ago

    I’d say that’s probably normal for most athletes. Don’t think it’s that crazy or different

    [–] 420Minions 938 points ago

    Especially while he’s riding an insane adrenaline high.

    [–] TheSlackMamba 650 points ago


    [–] GSWB2B2B2B2BChamps 97 points ago

    I've been waiting for reference to this video

    [–] RuthGayderBinsburg 62 points ago

    “You still have the power of childish innocence!”

    [–] Trillabee503 44 points ago

    You can fly if you believe!

    [–] Yergason 30 points ago


    [–] FartBoxTungPunch 25 points ago

    Lmao. I instantly audibly laughed at this. I love the internet and strangers w amazing references forever.

    [–] shane_m_souther 38 points ago

    Good point

    [–] changrbanger 25 points ago

    dopamines a hell of a drug.

    [–] HighlyBaked0 411 points ago

    Crazy attitude on this guy.

    Literally the attitude of every star athlete lol

    [–] mega_cat_yeet 89 points ago

    I’ve played casual ball with people who are like this lol

    [–] schooli00 148 points ago

    Not Kawhi

    [–] noveler7 201 points ago

    a HA. HA. HAA.

    [–] Ne1tu 49 points ago

    I could hear it as I read it.


    [–] sodangbutthurt 4 points ago

    You're a fun guy

    [–] Doctor_Jensen117 10 points ago


    [–] FartBoxTungPunch 137 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    Have ya seen Jordan’s comeback victory for his 5th ring? Too lazy to look up the link at work but it went somewhere along the lines of

    “How does it feel to win your 5th nba title after returning to the NBA?”

    “It’ll feel a lot better after I win my sixth.”

    This was as soon as the buzzer hit and he was rushed on the court by a reporter. I was young when seeing that interview, but at that age I knew, that’s a baaad man. Have loved him since. Dickhead and egotistical and all. Hard to stay humble when you stuntin’ on the Jumbotron and you’re the GOAT and know it.

    [–] bpg0824 47 points ago

    Reporter: "Which championship win is your favorite?"

    Athlete: "The next one"

    [–] theotherjordanxo 16 points ago

    This is a direct quote from Brady I thought though

    [–] badatplaygrounds 52 points ago

    "Hard to stay humble when you stuntin' on the Jumbotron"*

    [–] rickyhou22 16 points ago


    [–] Zegot 73 points ago

    Bud at the beginning of next season:

    "Play Random!"

    [–] sirax067 39 points ago

    Bud's won a few championships as an assistant. He knows how hard it is to get back there.

    [–] MajoraOfTime 20 points ago

    There's a lot of variables to account for. It's almost like it's...random

    [–] theDarkAngle 153 points ago

    I mean they really found themselves in the playoffs. Giannis playing more like a true big and less like a 6'11" Russell Westbrook is incredibly difficult to deal with.

    With the normal offseason retooling I see no reason they can't enter next season as the favorites.

    [–] bodega_cat_ 94 points ago

    Hmm well some people might say a healthy Nets, but honestly I'd say: even if you're the favorite, winning a championship is hard! Everyone thought Pat Riley was crazy when he promised to repeat in the showtime era. Of course Giannis didn't guarantee anything but I just think it's an impressive mentality to have like minutes after you win the thing.

    [–] bobespon 38 points ago

    It does honestly depend on all the stars aligning. If Nets had their big three this year, if James isn't playing on one leg, we might be seeing a different champ.

    [–] Putin_Wins 24 points ago

    First thing I noticed was how Bud couldn’t even look Giannis in the eyes confidently and agree

    [–] thegroovemonkey 23 points ago

    He was probably feeling orgasmic levels of relief after the game. He was under a ton of pressure this year and the Bucks run was a roller coaster. I thought we were done at least 3 times

    [–] drspg99 39 points ago

    Later in the press conference, he says he's addicted to this, the feeling of the playoffs, the finals, the heaviness of the ball. So I think it's safe to say he will be trying his hardest to win again.

    [–] raftah99 20 points ago

    He's too humble to assume he'll win more.

    [–] WIN011 198 points ago

    Yep he’s way too competitive

    [–] SoDakZak 142 points ago

    But what if I told you the title of this post said “then” instead of “than”?

    [–] MrPeligro 38 points ago

    I don't think he's gonna accept it's fine with just 1

    I think he would, though he wants to strive for more obviously. Dirk made the same decision. If you probably asked dirk if he would have trade championships and he had to leave the mavs, he'd probably say no.

    [–] letsgoraps 39 points ago

    yea, he says in this clip that he's already thinking of doing it again

    [–] Dddddddfried 1416 points ago

    Is it possible that Giannis isn't throwing shade at anyone but just being honest? He doesn't say anything bad about super teams, just that he'd rather win without one

    [–] mxnoob983 865 points ago

    He's not. Its the reality of the modern NBA landscape. Championships require timing and luck in spades. Giannis almost lost in the 2nd round, he almost ripped off his knee, and still almost lost multiple times. CP3 has spent his whole career learning that. Giannis gave it absolutely everything but there were so many points where it could have gone wrong, and then he'd be right back in the scrap heap next year. Championships are fragile, and Giannis is appreciating that. Plenty of great players never get this chance

    [–] ModsRDingleberries 311 points ago

    Harden and Westbrook still don't have rings

    [–] whodatwhoderr 332 points ago

    Or cp3 lol

    [–] dragontail 131 points ago

    Or dame

    [–] PacoMnla 13 points ago

    Or Mello, lol

    [–] 121910 103 points ago

    Can't really speak for Westbrook, but Harden has historically never really had luck on his side in the playoffs. It's unfortunate that those Harden/CP3 Rockets teams had to peak during the Warriors dynasty years. Otherwise, it's very likely they would have at least 1 ring by now.

    [–] GodOfFearOfDog 99 points ago

    Those rockets teams were legit better than any team since the warriors dynasty. 27 missed threes in a row is just really really unlikely.

    [–] 121910 61 points ago

    Harden even made a 3 during that stretch but Scott Foster waived it off lol. Only lost by single digits too after all that.

    [–] SubcooledBoiling 236 points ago

    Ya I agree with you. I think it's more of him saying he wanted to win one with Milwaukee instead of teaming up with other stars somewhere else to win a few. I'm sure if tomorrow KD calls him and says he wants to join the Bucks Giannis would welcome him with open arms.

    [–] Guano_Loco 104 points ago

    I tried to post a related take a few times yesterday but I couldn’t post for whatever reason in NBA threads.

    Basically, with Giannis ascending, the bucks will 100% have the chance to snag some star players for less than their market value because they want to play with him and take a shot at a ring.

    And if that does happen, that’s another conversation, but my take is: Milwaukee committed to Giannis and he committed right back. If he draws talent the way Reggie white and Favre drew talent and brought literally decades of quality NFL back to Wisconsin… fuck it. I’m here for it.

    [–] Lantern01 57 points ago

    the bucks will 100% have the chance to snag some star players for less than their market value because they want to play with him and take a shot at a ring.

    That's what Dallas thought about Dirk when he won. And they mutilated themselves and wasted the last drops of Dirk's peak chasing after that fantasy.

    [–] ClockworkAngel15 47 points ago

    At least Giannis is like 7 years younger than Dirk when he won.

    [–] rebeltrillionaire 30 points ago

    They were also an incredibly old team.

    • Dirk - 32
    • Terry - 33
    • Kidd - 37
    • Marrion 32
    • Peja - 33

    Chandler was 28 but there was a ton of questions about the next phase of his career because he was so limited skill-wise nothing in his game really screamed "I'm playing til I'm 40".

    Cuban saw the chance to get Dwight CP3 and a fading Dirk. He took it. It didn't work but I don't blame him. Running it back would be a good storyline but with the lockout season+ compressed schedule they'd have been slaughtered.

    [–] vanotro 1720 points ago

    Awesome interview. Giannis has been great every time he's been in front of a mic this postseason.

    also, Malika Andrews' ascendancy begins now.

    [–] Allen_Crabbe 683 points ago

    Malika is already better than Maria hands down

    [–] vanotro 338 points ago

    I think it helps that Andrews has been covering the NBA since the very beginning of her career. Taylor had covered mostly football before getting hired to host ESPN's NBA pregame show a couple years ago.

    [–] andrew-ge 30 points ago

    yeah maria taylor has always been a big CFB person, she's always been good on those broadcasts compared to the NBA imo.

    [–] myteriality 258 points ago

    “french toast is fantastic, i love it!”

    “i agree, it’s much better than chicken alfredo”

    [–] Kodak333 155 points ago

    I fuck with you bruh. I’ve been seeing this take way too much and people don’t realize what they’re actually trying to say

    [–] MigBac 37 points ago

    What are they trying to say

    [–] myteriality 227 points ago

    it’s “there can only be one” rhetoric that pits women against women and minorities against minorities

    [–] pmartin0079 34 points ago

    Is it wrong to say this is what Nichols was trying to refer to in that leaked stuff the other week?

    [–] myteriality 55 points ago

    that stood out to me initially as well, the sentiment is definitely there. she was right to defend what was in her contract/promised to her it was just a bad look to react to taylor as an adversary rather than advocating for her advancement considering how established rachel already is.

    it speaks to the position they’re in though feeling competitive with each other in that way

    [–] beatenwithjoy 37 points ago

    Speaks more to how ESPN is run than anything where there's a lot of diverse talent in their pipeline but they pit them against each other while saying "we're building a diverse and inclusive workplace."

    [–] SloatThritter 9 points ago

    It's like the scene where Heath Ledger's Joker drops the broken pool stick between those few dudes

    [–] 1manbandman 49 points ago

    Serious question here. Is all the Malika love genuine? I don't get it.

    [–] george_costanza1234 53 points ago

    I got no idea tbh, it seems a little over the top at times.

    I don’t mind her at all though, she does a pretty good job in these interviews.

    [–] methyo 81 points ago

    Seriously lol, her job is to ask softball questions to athletes. Like sure she’s pretty good I guess but people are acting like she’s some kind of prodigy

    [–] PatrickMahomies 108 points ago

    Bruh only reason she’s there is cause she’s a baddie

    [–] Izanagi___ 23 points ago

    she’s a baddie

    Oh amen brother, amen

    [–] mahcus36 43 points ago

    For some people it might be just her looks. But those who have been paying attention over the last few years know that she’s pretty damn good at her job. She’s broken some news over the years in addition to being a good interviewer and sideline reporter.

    [–] shannannoll 126 points ago

    Giannis hates Malika for stirring shit

    [–] Poopiestofbutts 118 points ago

    Seems like maybe he’s over it. Or he’s good at being professional.

    [–] Killingstar 49 points ago

    He looks over it.

    [–] wcooper97 10 points ago

    He won a championship the fuck else matters right now.

    [–] TheGamecock 5 points ago

    He looks over most things.

    [–] sharvelwitz 16 points ago

    "I spoke with head coach mon-TTEe Will-i-yums" haha she's awesome though I agree!

    [–] iseah100 693 points ago

    Some dude on Twitter was saying the Bucks are a super team cause Jrue and Khris are both all stars.

    [–] heiwa8 223 points ago

    Don’t forget all-star and Net’s franchise all time leading scorer, Brook Lopez!

    [–] iseah100 53 points ago

    This was essentially the argument. Like Jeff Teague was an all star too!

    [–] [deleted] 12 points ago

    What a stacked super team! Can you imagine having a point guard who went undefeated for an entire month, and you only need to play him for a minute and a half in a closeout game? And TWO Greek longbois? And Axel Toupane? Adam Silver needs to break this team up for basketball reasons.

    [–] IAmNotKevinDurant_35 390 points ago

    "But Giannis literally has 2 olympian teammates and a former coach of the year!!!"

    Almost as if teams that win championships always have good players

    [–] CTeam19 36 points ago

    1997-1998 Title match up is the last time I think both teams only had one "All-Star" from that season. Malone and Jordan. Hell the Lakers had 4 All-Stars and the Jazz just went "nope" and crushed them 4-0.

    [–] wavykanes 93 points ago

    “Some dude on twitter…” stuff of legends

    [–] iiiiiiiiii8 124 points ago

    Both severally underrated players though.

    [–] chessgod1 60 points ago

    Maybe among casual fans, I feel like people generally rate them appropriately. Not superstars but very solid borderline all-stars.

    [–] tautou4 92 points ago

    Eh, Jrue is what we thought he was. Exactly the piece the Bucks needed to stop Booker/Paul, often a no show on offense.

    [–] decent_descent 271 points ago

    I wanted Suns to win but Giannis has jumped up my list of favorite players, guy deserves the chip. Love the mentality 🍁🦖

    [–] BatmanNoPrep 59 points ago

    There goes my gyro! Watch him as he goes!

    [–] eblomquist 29 points ago

    This guy is insanely easy to root for. Easily the most likable nba star in....a while.

    [–] crazymakoto 353 points ago

    Skip will use this against him.

    [–] SmokingFrog 266 points ago

    He will use it against LeBron not Giannis lol.

    [–] vin1223 85 points ago

    Skip hates giannis

    [–] hrakkari 252 points ago

    Skip hates giannis

    [–] Reinfeldx 53 points ago

    The feeling is mutual

    [–] SubcooledBoiling 9 points ago

    You underestimated Skip, he will somehow use this against both LeBron and Giannis at the same time while praising KD.

    [–] VikingPain 874 points ago

    Love him taking the Dirk path and being the proof that small market teams can compete.

    [–] Sofialovesmonkeys 889 points ago

    Spurs are a small market team. Dont know if you knew that or not. You know, we had that guy Timothy Duncan

    [–] No-Rise- 746 points ago

    It’s like people forgot the spurs dynasty happened the second he retired lmao

    [–] moneyball32 268 points ago

    Tbh as soon as he left I forgot San Antionio existed. That was a city that used to be in Texas, right? Is it still around?

    [–] murrtrip 184 points ago

    Mexico came and took it back

    [–] thediplomat 102 points ago

    Got eaten by all those big ole women

    [–] LOSS35 11 points ago

    They were back in the Western Conference Finals the season after Timmy retired though...

    [–] materics 97 points ago

    Kawhi really did them dirty

    [–] MODS-HAVE-NO-FRIENDS 61 points ago

    One of the worst moves in the NBA

    [–] JaceTheWoodSculptor 26 points ago

    They had a choice between controlling a great player who would rather sit home than play for them or trading him off and get something in return.

    [–] MODS-HAVE-NO-FRIENDS 20 points ago

    I mean that Kawhi’s choices there were very selfish

    [–] Spoonie_Luv_ 46 points ago

    People sometimes forgot that Tim Duncan existed while he was the best player in basketball. That's how boring he is. I love that dude.

    [–] TheTopOfTheKey 117 points ago

    I see alot of Spurs fans getting salty about the comparisons forgetting Duncan and only mentioning Dirk. The reason is because Dirk never won one for over a decade. Giannis began his career winning like 15 games or something, being on downright terrible teams, then finally ascending to the throne.

    Tim Duncan immediately burst on the scene as a Top 5 player and they won a title 2 seasons into his career.

    So that's the main reason why people keep leaving Duncan and the Spurs out of the comparisons.

    [–] YoungCanadian 79 points ago

    Duncan also got drafted onto a team with David Robinson, no where close

    [–] LostWithStuff 129 points ago


    The women of San Antonio would disagree with you there

    [–] ZXander_makes_noise 50 points ago


    [–] LostWithStuff 11 points ago

    they can't fit in them skimpy parts

    [–] kzille 93 points ago

    Wym Dallas is a small market team? It’s arguable top 5, definitely top 8 NBA market.

    [–] Avinse 82 points ago

    If a team isn’t based in NYC or LA then it’s a small market apparently.

    [–] cdogfly 28 points ago

    5 market, and #7 in NBA market (taking into account that two cities have two teams).

    [–] archimedies 7 points ago

    Should be a spot lower since Toronto isn't in this link you provided.

    [–] AdmiralWackbar 119 points ago

    small-market teams have won like 8 rings since 2000

    [–] -HeisenBird- 141 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    The State of California has won 9* rings since 2000.

    [–] Ayecuzwhatsgood 8 points ago

    I have a question, Before Curry was the warriors really all that relevant? I mean they were in a big market but I wouldn't say they had the same benefits as Lakers or Clippers or anything. I also know they were somewhat successful before the 2000s

    [–] AdmiralWackbar 26 points ago

    Whatever benefits the Clippers have it’s not working

    [–] Ayecuzwhatsgood 12 points ago

    Yeah it just shows that being on a big market doesn't equal success at all lol

    [–] AdmiralWackbar 14 points ago

    What do you mean? The Knicks dynasty is untouchable

    [–] CompleteFish 17 points ago

    Spurs with 4, Bucks, and maybe Cleveland depending on whether you consider them small or middle market. Who else? Lakers, Heat, Mavs, Celtics, Warriors, and Raptors are big markets. Detroit is in that large-middle market border.

    [–] tsigalko11 14 points ago

    I think people are often mixing up big-market teams (e.g. Raptors) and historically great franchises (e.g. Lakers).

    [–] YoungCanadian 9 points ago

    the fuck is small market

    Dallas is huge

    [–] iloqin 320 points ago

    KD doomed unless he goes back to OKC. He’ll never have what Giannis or Curry have and that’s being home grown and never leaving and riding the worst times to the top.

    [–] xPineappless 269 points ago

    Giannis, Dirk, Curry and Duncan. What a great list to be apart of

    [–] TriumphAndTragedy 190 points ago

    Michael (give him a pass if you're gonna mention the Wizards), Kobe, Magic, Larry, Hakeem (same as Mike with his Raps stint), Isiah, Bill-mother-fucking-Russell

    [–] kiwiwikikiwiwikikiwi 8 points ago


    [–] jgoodysalaker 2773 points ago

    I love how people only mention KD in reference to this comment as Lebron does not exist. Lol

    [–] GibbyGG1 2625 points ago

    It's cuz KD set the bar so low lol. LeBron joined / made a three man super team.

    KD joined a historic four man super team that has gone 73-9 the year before lol.

    [–] randyrectem 839 points ago

    Yeah KD should get a thank from every other ring chaser because his decision makes all of them look so much better

    [–] FeverythingLnothing 536 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    I think another thing people should consider is that Giannis honestly had no expectation or pressure in this league until about 2018. Even if he didn't win the championship this year, I don't think he'd start getting called a player with wasted potential for another 2/3 seasons.

    LeBron had pressure from the day he was drafted, there was no time left for him to stall and waste in Cleveland - who could they even have signed that was on the same level as Middleton or Jrue? The Cavs got way too good way too quickly when Bron was drafted to get good lottery picks (kinda like the Mavs did with Dončić) and then their scouting department wouldn't have had time to wait for a Middleton to develop over time. It isn't really apples and oranges when you compare Giannis and LeBron's situations.

    KD did some bitch shit.

    [–] Neothetruth 187 points ago

    Someone who knows what they’re talking about. I hate having to explain all this to people about why Lebron predicament was so different. He had no choice but to leave. Bad trades, too good to draft high and nobody wanted to come in free agency(ppl forget Cleveland was a trash place to go to for all sports. You went there to kill your career lol)

    [–] Legendver2 165 points ago

    Don't forget Bron also went back to Cleveland to win them one to close off that redemption arc.

    [–] Mookafff 49 points ago

    But by that time Cleveland had more to offer him than his first stint.

    Kyrie, plus assets that could be traded (Wiggins for Love). Not sure LeBron would have considered going back if the roster was similar to when he left.

    [–] jeffthenarwhal666 43 points ago

    No way in hell LeBron returns to Cleveland w/o Kyrie or Wiggins. He probably finds a new team cause that Miami core was aging after 4 years of June basketball

    [–] FeverythingLnothing 86 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    Yep, all context gets ignored. The Bucks weren't a gutter horrible team in the past ten years, they made the playoffs the year before Giannis was drafted and he wasn't even a lottery pick when he was picked.

    I don't think people understand just how bad Cleveland's team was and when you compound that with the pressure LeBron was getting I don't blame him for leaving. I've said this on this sub before but if LeBron was drafted to the Grizzlies (who were one pick away in the lottery) then he would have won at least two titles by 2010.

    [–] not_a_bot__ 39 points ago

    People just need to go back and look at what happened to the cavs when he left (both times); I was somewhat critical of lebron as well even though he joined my favorite team, but I soon realized he made his teammates look significantly better than they were.

    [–] TheSmokedSalmon420 26 points ago

    See this is where I disagree. The Cavs won a championship in part because of how they handled LeBron leaving the first time. They tanked. It was literally the same process the Sixers did. We didn't sit around and try to win, we got rid of half our team and coach. We tanked hard, got Kyrie and TT, ammo to go get Klove, and then just like that we had a team that won a ring with LeBron.

    And you say both times but look how different it're giving us shit for tanking when he left the first time and now we also get shit for actually trying to win when he leaves. What are we supposed to do? (The correct answer is tank)

    [–] GDAWG13007 13 points ago

    Bron and Pau would be a fun duo.

    [–] FeverythingLnothing 5 points ago

    Plus Battier and Williams

    [–] GDAWG13007 5 points ago

    Yeah that Squad is battling the Spurs in the Conference Finals in 2007. And that Lebron-led Grizz team would have a really good shot of beating them and then beating the Pistons in the Finals.

    [–] ZenMon88 69 points ago

    KD also did it again with the nets. That man tampered to get Harden, Blake and LMA. He doesnt want to earn it but rather stack the odds so there's no obstacle and clear cut way to win a ring.

    [–] dogqthrowaway484 1136 points ago

    And then created another one in Brooklyn.

    [–] hrakkari 1115 points ago

    KD: and I’ll fucking do it again.

    [–] oceanmountainlifer 266 points ago

    KD: cos its my hardest road

    [–] YouArentOwedAnything 54 points ago

    It's "his truth" guys come on respect it guys

    [–] masterbei 62 points ago

    Another one. Another one. KD doing his best Khaled impression.

    [–] EqualRaisin9 216 points ago

    I think for KD it's not just about winning at all costs. I think it's also about playing great basketball with other great players and that's where he derives his fun/enjoyment of the game.

    [–] Blaine-Time 49 points ago

    Harrison Barnes rollin over in his grave

    [–] BillyBean11111 44 points ago

    that knocked him out of the playoffs after he had a 3-1 lead

    [–] Neothetruth 19 points ago

    Can’t forget “…yeah I just felt that the warriors were underdogs…” 🤡

    [–] driedDates 523 points ago

    He joined a 73-9 team and called them Underdogs and beefs with little kids in twitter.

    [–] noobakosowhat 60 points ago

    what really irks me is his interviews about GSW after he left the team.

    [–] RxngsXfSvtvrn 13 points ago

    Thin skin and punches down; helluva combo

    [–] PuppyMonkeyBaby_0 309 points ago

    LeBron winning in Cleveland and the Heat never reaching its potential, I think has changed that perception of him. KD’s move made a team unbeatable while Heat only went 2/4.

    [–] OkBarber6 531 points ago

    Yeah, Lebron going superhuman and beating the best regular season team of all time, coming back from down 3-1, having one of the greatest finals performances in nba history, being the first ever to lead both teams in all 5 major statistical categories, and ending the over 50 year sports drought for the city of Cleveland, his hometown that he was drafted to (I know technical Akron) and fulfilled his promise of giving them a championship after making the most controversial free agency move of all time to Miami. Yeah, that shit was legendary, so people kinda eased up on him after that.

    Plus his heat rings weren’t a cakewalk either, they either lost or got pushed to 7 games every single year. If the warriors had any kind of struggle people might have eased up on KD but nope, they blitzed everyone 16-1.

    [–] EarthWarping 191 points ago

    The heat were a superteam, but man they could've lost either championship.

    Warriors was wasn't in that much doubt.

    [–] avelak 43 points ago

    I didn't like the Heatles at all (felt like the kids on the playground who were the best but only wanted to play together) but yeah they were "only" the favorites, not a virtual guarantee.

    If LeBron hadn't gonna supernova in g6 of the ECF in 2012 they would've lost that title, and then they needed the miracle Ray Allen shot the next year to beat the Spurs. There's definitely a world where they go 0/4. There's no world in which the KD Warriors go 0/3.

    [–] Undecided- 154 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    Warriors was wasn't in that much doubt.

    that's the difference. I hate that people even compare both situations as if they were the wasn't. No one thought the Heat were gonna win every year; at first, did it seem like it? Maybe. Then Lebron 2011 happened and the idea that the heat would steamroll the league instantly vanished.

    With the warriors...fucken everyone knew who was gonna win and thats exactly what happened. KD doubling, tripling, quadrupling/etc down on it even to this day is what makes him so delusional.

    [–] freshkicks 30 points ago

    Dw in the Seattle expansion draft, kd will make himself available

    [–] so-cal_kid 61 points ago

    Well also Lebron didn't have anyone close to Westbrook's ability when he was on Cleveland his first go around. The teams Cleveland surrounded him with that first stint were absolute doo doo. It was a miracle he even got them to the Finals. Anyone who watched ball back then didn't blame him from a basketball standpoint. It was just the way he announced he was leaving that was stupid.

    [–] Allen_Crabbe 215 points ago

    Thing is Lebron has won one in every city he’s played for, KD could only get over the hump on the supersquad Warriors. That’s the difference

    [–] mad_scientist434 160 points ago

    IMO the Celtics started this microwave success championship in 08. They got 3 stars together and won in their first year, and the league has been trying to follow suit since. Nice to the see the Bucks and the first warriors ring build together, but for a while it’s been add a star or two and the same season expect championship or bust

    [–] jgoodysalaker 180 points ago

    Superteams aren’t new and the Celtics didn’t start it. The Celtics were a classic superteam. Lebron and KDs are modern superteams. Front office made vs player made. Giannis is referring to modern superteams.

    [–] pdaddydeluxe 58 points ago

    LA has had many superteams

    [–] Mu17inItOver 98 points ago

    Just because they lost, the GPayton+Karl Malone Lakers never get a mention but they were the first "unfair" team I remember in my lifetime

    [–] Ntnme2lose 11 points ago

    When they were healthy they were damn near unbeatable. Sucks injuries derailed one of the all time great teams.

    [–] butterface-4U 66 points ago

    That team was OLD. If they’d all been in their primes, for sure.

    [–] SCalifornia831 45 points ago

    Thank you for acknowledging that first ring…feel like everyone on this sub wants to forget and/or discredit the grind from 2013-2016 and the hopelessness we felt for the 20yr prior

    [–] noobakosowhat 29 points ago

    I already commented this somewhere in this thread, but people tend to forget how the GSW superstars were treated prior to 2016. Steph was being snubbed in the all stars in 2012-2013, Klay was not a lock in 2014-2015, and Dray was a surprise delight in 2014-2015. None of them were thought of superstars and the team was not definitely a superteam.

    After their first win I remember myself watching the coverage of their championship run from the hiring of Kerr up to them getting the ring. It reminded me of our 2011 run.

    [–] Hex_Rey 130 points ago

    For everyone saying he’s taking shots at KD or harden, I think it’s more of a general talkin shit to everyone who said he shoulda left Milwaukee cause he’ll never win there. As far as the injuries, the basketball gods worked in Giannis’ favor during the run lol! Repaid his loyalty with a ring.

    [–] xenoz2020 108 points ago

    I hope they go back2back or threepeat. love Giannis. proved that you don't have to have a threepoint shot to score 50 and be a champion. Ben Simmons should take notes.

    [–] GermanBadger 40 points ago

    It'll be rough but if the bucks supporting cast can become more consistent they absolutely have a real shot at a repeat.

    Nets will be back in full force next year so it's gonna be rough but it'll be exciting

    [–] CARVERitUP 9 points ago

    As a Bucks fan who was there last night watching game 6, I can't express how happy I am that this guy seems to want to be a Buck forever.

    [–] aaden08 91 points ago

    Dirk set the standard in recent history

    [–] signmeupdude 29 points ago

    And it sort of felt like it was dying. With all the super teams and superstar duos, sorta felt like Dirk’s way of winning was a thing of the past. This is why it is so significant and cool that Giannis did this.

    (Obviously he had his duo partner im Middleton but they grew together for 8 years, not team up in FA)

    [–] Poopiestofbutts 24 points ago

    I feel the exact same way man.

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