Across NBA circles, you’d be hard pressed to find a more liked coach on a human level than Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams.
Between his fantastic locker room speech to the Suns and his postgame visit to the Bucks, it’s easy to see why.
The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns in Tuesday’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals. And while the disappointment was palpable amongst the Suns, Williams made an extra effort to send his best to the NBA champion Bucks.
Postgame video from the Bucks’ locker-room celebration showed Williams drop by — with an arm around Giannis Antetokounmpo’s shoulder — to personally congratulate the Bucks on the NBA championship.
Monty Williams visits the Bucks locker room to congratulate them pic.twitter.com/bmfBpEcwdI
— CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) July 21, 2021
“I just wanted to come and congratulate you guys as a man and coach. You guys deserved it. I’m thankful for the experience. You guys made me a better coach. You made us a better team. Congratulations.”
Seriously, it doesn’t get classier than that.
class act beyond words. everyone in the league wants coach monty to succeed and it’s obvious why
i also wanted to add that Giannis is THAT MF. special beyond belief. one of the greatest to ever play this game and he’s only getting started https://t.co/tJ9s9mqhFU
— patrick (@patrick__omega) July 21, 2021
I've dealt with this man several times over the last few years.
Beyond a class man… Thanks for being a great ambassador for the sport, and so good to the show. https://t.co/UmFJXAo89k
— Justin Termine (@TermineRadio) July 21, 2021
Between Jrue and Monty, two of the best human beings in the entire NBA were involved in this year's Finals, and that is so awesome. https://t.co/xvSgPo1oO0
— Mason Ginsberg (@MasonGinsberg) July 21, 2021
This man is so deserving of all the respect and admiration we can give him. Deserves all the joy in the world.
What an amazing man.
I hate that someone had to lose. https://t.co/eO84ydofWE
— Matty Mulls 🎙 (@mattymullspod) July 21, 2021
Unbelievable stuff right here. https://t.co/B1hMtlgYZo
— Jeremy Becker (@JeremyBecker_22) July 21, 2021
Everyone can take notes from Williams on how to handle defeat with grace. That was excellent.