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Suns coach Monty Williams chokes up following defeat to Bucks

Monty Williams struggled to speak in the press conference following the Phoenix Suns defeat in Game 6 that handed the series to the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Monty Williams could not hide his profound disappointment after the Phoenix Suns lost out on winning their first-ever NBA championship title .

In their first NBA Finals since 1993, the Suns took an early 2-0 lead in the Game 1 and Game 2 of the series against the Milwaukeee Bucks. But thanks to the heroics of Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks went on a four-game rout to win the series 4-2.

Following the Sun’s 105-98 loss in Game 6, in which Giannis made 50 points, 14 rebound and five blocks for the Bucks, Williams choked up as he tried to answer questions from reporters.

Asked how long it would take to process what he’d learned from his first final, the Suns coach replied: “I think it’s gonna take me a minute, you know.”

Williams then struggled to speak for around ten seconds before continuing, with the emotion clearly noticeable in his voice.

“I just don’t take it for granted, it’s hard to get here,” he said with a hoarse voice. “I wanted it so bad, you know. It’s hard to process right now. It's hard, you know. That’s all.”

Williams congratulates Bucks

After the game, Williams also took the time to congratulate the Bucks, who have won their second NBA title exactly 50 years on since their first in 1951.

"I just wanted to come and congratulate you guys because you guys deserve it. I'm thankful for the experience,” said Williams with his arm around NBA finals MVP Giannis. “You guys made me a better coach and you made us a better team. Congratulations."

Williams, who joined the Suns in 2019, was voted NBCA Coach of the Year 2021 in May. The 2021 NBA Finals was his first in the coach's seat since he began his head coaching career in 2010 with the New Orleans Hornets.