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Bucks' Antetokounmpo named NBA Most Valuable Player

SHOTLIST SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATESJUNE 24, 2019SOURCE: AFPTV IMAGES (01:22): 1. Wide shot Giannis Antetokounmpo poses on red carpet before ceremony 2. Close-up Giannis Antetokounmpo 3. Wide shot Giannis Antetokounmpo poses with family 4. Mid shot Giannis Antetokounmpo and former basketball player former player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 5. Close-up Giannis Antetokounmpo and former basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 6. Wide shot French player Rudy Gobert poses on red carpet before ceremony 7. Mid shot French player Rudy Gobert poses on red carpet 8. Close-up French player Rudy Gobert poses 9. Wide shot Slovenian player Luka Doncic poses on red carpet 10. Close-up Slovenian player Luka Doncic poses on red carpet 11. Pan left Slovenian player Luka Doncic on red carpet 12. Mid shot Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 13. Close-up Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 14. Wide shot Shaquille O'Neal on red carpet 15. Close-up Shaquille O'Neal SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATESJUNE 24, 2019SOURCE: NBA/TNTRESTRICTIONS: NO RESALEFOR USE ONLY WITHIN 72 HOURS FROM THE CONCLUSION OF THE EVENT IMAGES (00:05): 16. Mid shot Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Most Valuable Player for the 2018-19 regular season, poses with his trophy 17. SOUNDBITE 1 - Giannis Antetokounmpo, Most Valuable Player for the 2018-19 regular season (male, English, 16 sec): "The journey hasn’t end yet. There’s a lot of goals that I’ve set for myself and for the team also, and I’m a guy that whenever I set goals, I try to accomplish them, no matter what. " 18. SOUNDBITE 2 - Giannis Antetokounmpo, Most Valuable Player for the 2018-19 regular season (male, English, 25 sec): "My parents, everything that they sacrificed on daily basis… I don’t want to get into a lot of details, but it’s definitely the hard work of my parents and the way they loved us. There was time when we were poor, we didn’t have money but we never did not have love." 19. SOUNDBITE 3 - Rudy Gobert, Defensive Player of the Year (male, French, 14 sec): "Of course, for me it's worth more than an All Star Game (for which he was not selected this year), because there's only one 'Defensive player of the year', not 24. So it means a lot. But again, it's a reward for a collective effort this season." "Bien sûr, pour moi cela a plus de valeur qu’un All Star Game (il n’a pas été sélectionné cette année, NDLR), parce que ‘defensive player of the year’, il n’y en a qu’un, il n’y en a pas 24. Donc cela a une grosse valeur. Mais encore une fois, c’est une récompense d’une saison collective. " 20. SOUNDBITE 4 - Luka Doncic, Rookie of the Year (male, English, 16 sec): "There was like so many persons that helped me, first of all, my family of course, and my teammates and coaches and everybody behind that, there was a lot of players, a lot of people that helped me." ///-----------------------------------------------------------AFP TEXT STORY: Bucks' Antetokounmpo named NBA Most Valuable Player =(Picture)= Los Angeles, June 25, 2019 (AFP) - Milwaukee Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the 2018-19 regular season on Monday.The 24-year-old from Greece wept as he accepted the honor at the glitzy NBA Awards show broadcast from Santa Monica, California, becoming the youngest MVP since Derrick Rose was the youngest winner ever in 2011.Antetokounmpo beat out 2018 MVP James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George for the honor.Antetokounmpo, in his sixth season with the Bucks, averaged 27.7 points and 12.5 rebounds as he led Milwaukee to the best regular-season record in the league with 60 wins and 22 defeats. They reached the Eastern Conference finals where they fell to the Toronto Raptors, who would go on to lift the title."I want to thank my team, my teammates," Antetokounmpo said. "It takes more than one person to win 60 games. Every time I walked to the locker room I saw my teammates were ready to fight, they were ready to go to war with me."He also thanked a coaching staff led by head coach Mike Budenholzer, who was named Coach of the Year earlier in the evening.And he cited the management and ownership of the club "for believing in me when I was 18 years old back in Greece."Antetokounmpo struggled to get the words out as he also gave thanks to his late father, Charles Antetokounmpo, who died in 2017."Every day I step on the floor, I always think of my dad," he said.bb/it -------------------------------------------------------------

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