Suns coach Monty Williams’ classy message to Bucks in locker room after NBA Finals
Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams was devastated after losing the 2021 NBA Finals to the Milwaukee Bucks in six games. That didn’t stop him from visiting the Bucks’ locker room after Game 6 to congratulate his opponent.
Williams is an absolute class act, as evidenced by this move:
Monty Williams visits the Bucks locker room to congratulate them pic.twitter.com/bmfBpEcwdI
— CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) July 21, 2021
While Williams and his Suns came up short against the Bucks, they still deserve a round of applause for an incredible season. Phoenix hadn’t made the playoffs since 2010 before this run, and this franchise was just a couple of years removed from consistently being one of the worst teams in the NBA.
The hiring of Williams as head coach and then the trade for Chris Paul helped change everything. The Suns did have a strong foundation already in place with youngsters Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges, but Williams and CP3 helped take them to the next level.
Monty Williams has been through a lot in his NBA career. Williams played in the NBA from 1994-2003 and then almost immediately joined the coaching ranks, becoming an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers in 2005. He got his first head coaching job with New Orleans in 2010 and was there until 2015.
Williams then joined Billy Donovan’s staff with the Oklahoma City Thunder, but the tragic death of his wife in a car crash led to him walking away in 2016. Williams took some time off from the NBA to grieve before returning as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2018. He got the Suns job in 2019.
Williams has done a remarkable job with this Suns club, finishing second in Coach of the Year voting this season and getting them so close to their first NBA title. He’s revered around the NBA and should have this team back in the title mix again next season, assuming CP3 is back.
Salute to Monty Williams.