Lewis Hamilton Salutes Giannis Antetokounmpo After His Maiden NBA Title Win With the Bucks

Published 07/22/2021, 7:28 AM EDT
Jul 20, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) accepts the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award from NBA commissioner Adam Silver after game six of the 2021 NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


In a finals game that went back and forth, the Milwaukee Bucks took home the shiny Larry O’Brien Trophy. This is the Bucks’ first win in half a century and the glory went to one man – Giannis Antetokounmpo. He gave a transcendent performance on the court with 50 points to his jersey, one of the most iconic plays in the sport’s history. Giannis was rightly ordained the MVP as the cigars were passed and the tears were shed.

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It takes one to know one; Mercedes’ MVP, Lewis Hamilton, congratulated the Bucks player. Hamilton posted a motivational video of Antetokounmpo on his Instagram story, saluting him for the same.

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Lewis Hamilton and Giannis Antetokounmpo share a lot in common. Both have been raised by single parents who worked hard to bring home the money. Anthony Hamilton took up extra jobs to support his son’s karting career, while Veronica Antetokounmpo sold items on the street to raise finances for her three sons. Both these sportspersons attribute their success to the hard work put in by their parents.

Additionally, both have been compared to legends of the sport. While Hamilton has broken many records of Michael Schumacher, Giannis seems to be walking in Shaq‘s footsteps.

Lewis Hamilton – Difficulties made the man

Formula One is known to be the exclusive sport for the rich. It is an unfortunate truth, as karting takes a lot of investment. Hamilton is the son of a single father and survived a broken home as a child. He grew up in a municipal housing estate in Stevenage where Anthony Hamilton held down three jobs to fund his son’s budding karting career.

Hamilton’s journey lacks luxury, but it allows him to show his mettle today. His father had identified his son’s gusty gift for speed as Lewis was born for the track.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – October 25, 2020 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates with his father Anthony after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Jorge Guerrero

When he was 10, Hamilton, in a borrowed jacket and shoes, went to an awards ceremony in London where he met McLaren’s then-boss, Ron Dennis. the young driver asked him for an autograph and said, “one day I want to race for you.” To this, Dennis replied, “phone me in nine years and I’ll sort you a deal.” 

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Dennis didn’t wait that long, and within three years, he agreed to support the Brit’s passage through the junior leagues, en route to his illustrious debut with the team in 2007.

And the rest is history.

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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