Rachel Nichols has obviously been having a rough few weeks.
Between the now-infamous Maria Taylor saga, NBA superstars coming out against her, and a weirdly salacious rumored hook-up going viral, it has just been one blow after another for the ESPN broadcaster.
Things improved this week, however.
And they improved thanks to newly-crowned champ, Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Shortly after his team captured their first NBA championship in three decades, Antetokounmpo decided to share the moment with Nichols.
Giannis sharing some trophy love while we were waiting for Khris Middleton – just flat-out grateful to all the players, coaches & so many others around the NBA who’ve been so incredibly supportive these past couple weeks. Next up: Draft, Free Agency, Summer League…see ya there… pic.twitter.com/KzNuVd2HSn
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) July 21, 2021
Antetokounmpo started by asking Nichols if somebody had ever gave her the trophy before. When Nichols admitted that nobody ever had, the reigning NBA Finals MVP handed her the championship trophy without hesitation.
Nichols then tried telling Antetokounmpo it was he who had done all the work, but Antetokounmpo responded by simply saying that he had just done his part.
The Bucks owner’s daughter decided to bring 2021 in with a bang by stripping all her clothes off. https://t.co/UgzhEEna4o
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 7, 2021
All in all, pretty typical behavior for the incredibly selfless Antetokounmpo.
Antetokounmpo’s kindness is nothing new. Even when opposing players were vocally bashing him in the NBA Finals, he stayed true to himself and being a good person. That’s why so many folks are so thrilled to see him finally reach the mountain top in the NBA.
If 2021 truly marks the beginning of the Antetokounmpo Era, then the NBA is in for a real treat over the next few seasons.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.