First, James responded to a tweet that he was washed up. Then he addressed his 50 million social media followers.
"This is Giannis' moment. He earned it and we're proud of him," said Yiannis Tzikas, who owns the Kivotos Cafe near where Giannis Antetokounmpo grew up.
The late Lakers superstar had challenged the "Greek Freak" to win an MVP crown and an NBA title in tweets posted in 2017 and 2019.
It's the first NBA title for the Bucks since the 1970-71 season, when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar led them to the only other title in team history.
This comes as COVID-19 is starting to surge again in the U.S. with the new Delta variant.
The two-time MVP missed Game 5 and Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals after hyperextending his left knee and is a doubt for Tuesday night.
The Greek Freak top scored with 35 points after finishing with a perfect 16-for-16 from the field on Sunday night.
Magic singled out LeBron James, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and Giannis Antetokounmpo as the five modern stars who could have played in the 1980s and 1990s.
After the NBA's decision to suspend all games because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Warriors will contribute $1 million to help their home arena workers.
The new fourth quarter format introduced on Sunday was initially dismissed as a gimmick but won the praise of both players and fans watching on TV.
The NBA's annual extravaganza was a three-day tribute to the Los Angeles Lakers great, who died last month in a helicopter crash.
Team LeBron and Team Giannis go head-to-head in the annual NBA extravaganza, with Chicago set to honor Kobe Bryant.
The Milwaukee Bucks star and reigning NBA MVP had a record-breaking performance Thursday with 36 points, 20 rebounds and six assists.
The rosters, including starters and reserves, are now set for the NBA All-Star Game 2020. will be held in Chicago on February 16.
Once the reserves were announced Thursday night, fans sounded off through social media, saying Booker of the Phoenix Suns was a huge snub. Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards was another player who fans say was snubbed.
Chicago, which hosts the annual game next month, last held the All-Star Game in 1988 at Chicago Stadium, which was one of the most notorious All-Star weekends in league history.
The Milwaukee Bucks look to extend their winning run to four games and strengthen their grip on the first seed in the Eastern Conference when they travel to Philadelphia.
Following his most recent game against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Milwaukee Bucks star has taken a massive jump in NBA MVP betting odds.
The reigning MVP finished with 34 points as the Bucks beat the Lakers 111-104 on Thursday night, improving to 25-4 this season.
Pitino tweeted about Petrovic on Wednesday over comments Petrovic made about NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo following Brazil's 79-78 victory over Greece at the FIBA World Cup on Tuesday.
Team USA is the bookmakers' favorite to win an unprecedented third world title in a row, with Serbia and Spain set to be the main outsiders.
The reigning NBA MVP was born in Greece in 1994 but did not become a Greek citizen or hold any form of ID until he was 18.
Milwaukee Bucks power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo announced Saturday he and his brother, Thanasis, will be starting a program for underprivileged children in Greece.
"Every day that I step on the floor, I think of my dad, and that kind of motivates me and pushes me to play hard," he said while remembering his deceased father.
Golden State Warriors star finishes with 31 points as Team LeBron beats Team Giannis 178-164.
James selected the New Orleans Pelicans star on his All-Star team after the Lakers spent a week trying to land Davis.
The restaurant has since apologized to Antetokounmpo.