Suns coach Monty Williams handled his team’s loss on Tuesday night the same way he handles pretty much the rest of his life – with extraordinary class.
After Milwaukee defeated Phoenix in Game 6 of the 2021 NBA Finals to win their first championship since 1971, Williams made what was to be a tough walk to the Bucks locker room to congratulate Final MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and his teammates. ABC cameras caught Williams talking to the Bucks in the middle of their celebration.
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“I just wanted to come and congratulate you as a man, a coach,” said Williams. “You deserve it, and I’m grateful for the experience. You’ve made me a better coach. You’ve made us a better team. Congratulations.”
It was an unfortunate end to a formidable season for the Suns, as Phoenix lost four straight games after holding a 2-0 lead in the series. During his post-match media availability, an emotional Williams admitted the loss “hurt a lot” but noted he felt “grateful” for the chance to coach this group and compete. for a title.
“I think it’s going to take me a minute,” said Williams. “I don’t take it for granted. It’s hard to get here, and I wanted it so badly, you know? It’s hard to deal with right now. It’s hard. That’s all.”
Williams has faced such overwhelming grief in his personal and professional life. No matter what challenges he faces, Williams always manages to exude grace and humility.
It won’t be easy for the Suns to leave this season knowing they were only two wins away from a championship, but they couldn’t have asked for a better coach to guide them through the toughest times. .