After a historical franchise this year, the Phoenix Suns were eventually defeated by Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals. The west champions couldn’t stop the Bucks force – Giannis Antetokounmpo. And the hopes of their first franchise title came to a unfortunate end. However, Suns coach Monty Williams gathered appreciation from all ends of the league for a phenomenal season.
Monty Williams joined the Phoenix Suns as their head coach in 2019. Many pundits have complimented him for converting the Suns into championship contenders. He recently earned the NBCA Coach of the Year Award for 2021. And rightfully so, a majority of audience didn’t expect his team to make it to the Finals.
Jul 20, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Phoenix Suns players react during game six of the 2021 NBA Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Phoenix Suns coach went to the Bucks locker room after Finals defeat
After the Bucks lifted the trophy, media platforms were trending with Monty Williams for a long time. But how did the coach on the losing end gain such limelight?
Well, after the 2021 champions lifted the trophy, Phoenix Suns coach went to the Bucks locker room to congratulate them. He poured in a heartfelt speech in Milwaukee’s celebratory moment that melted fans and everybody who watched that video. Monty seemed thankful for a lot of things. One of them being – “You guys made me a better coach and you made us a better team.”
NBA reporter doesn’t approve of Monty Williams’ gesture
Many named this gesture by Monty Williams as a sign of ‘grace’ and ‘sportsmanship’. However, NBA reporter Amin Elhassan doesn’t seem to be a fan of Monty’s actions. Amin went on about the incident on the Rich Eisen Show – “I felt it was a little too ‘Look at me Louie’ out there.”
“I mean you’re gonna walk into the winner’s locker room in the middle of their championship celebration, make them pause the celebration to say a big speech… Come on, if you’re that empathetic where you know even in this moment of defeat I’d gain a kernel of victory by having faced this formidable foe, then you’re empathetic enough to know I’ll just wait until I catch them in the hallway.”
Other side of the story says that Giannis called Monty inside the locker room for a moment. However, Amin doesn’t approve of what the Suns coach did there after losing the Finals. The Phoenix Suns lost 4-2 to the Bucks despite a rushing start to the series.
It was a beautiful first-timer championship celebration for Giannis Antetokounmpo. Many believe that he’ll cherish this moment more than once in his NBA years to come.
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