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Who won NBA Finals MVP?

Giannis Antetokounmpo wins 2021 NBA Finals MVP: Bucks star becomes youngest winner since Kawhi Leonard in 2014. Giannis Antetokounmpo was crowned NBA Finals MVP after leading the Milwaukee Bucks to their first championship since 1971 in a six-game series win over the Phoenix Suns. CBSSports.comGiannis Antetokounmpo wins 2021 NBA Finals MVP: Bucks star becomes youngest winner since Kawhi Leonard in 2014

Who won Finals MVP 2021?

Share All sharing options for: Giannis Antetokounmpo wins 2021 NBA Finals MVP. The Milwaukee Bucks have clinched the 2021 NBA championship after defeating the Phoenix Suns 4-2 in the NBA Finals. The Bucks won four straight games in the series to clinch the title. draftkings.comNBA Finals MVP 2021 winner: Giannis Antetokounmpo wins award after leading Bucks to first title since ‘70-71

Who won Game 6 last night?

The Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks faced off in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. Look back at our updates on the game. The Bucks won the game, 105-98, to win the best-of-seven NBA Finals series, 4-2. azcentral.comPhoenix Suns vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Finals Game 6: Giannis Antetokounmpo leads Bucks to title

What channel is Game 6 NBA Finals?

Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Bucks and Suns will be on ABC. al.comBucks-Suns Game 6 live stream (7/20): How to watch NBA Finals online, TV, time

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Analysis: Bucks GM Jon Horst, a champion from modest roots

Yahoo Sports 21 July, 2021 - 03:00am

Garth Pleasant should be as well.

He got a phone call 15 years ago. What he did with it wound up helping the Bucks win this title.

It stands to reason that even the most ardent Bucks fan might not know who Pleasant is, which is understandable. Pleasant spent nearly four decades coaching at a small school in Michigan called Rochester University, and one of the players who could barely get off his bench was a guard named Jon Horst -- who would go on to become general manager of the Bucks and assemble much of what is now an NBA championship roster.

If it wasn’t for Pleasant, Horst might be working at FedEx right now. True story.

“He was what our program was about,” Pleasant said, “even though he played very little.”

Horst, by all accounts, was not a star player on his college basketball team. He rarely played at what was then called Rochester College. And while riding the bench wasn’t always easy for Horst to accept, Pleasant couldn’t have been more appreciative of his attitude.

So, when he got that call in 2006 asking if anyone on his roster would be suitable for an internship, Horst was the player that Pleasant picked to recommend. The call was from Joe Dumars’ office, the offer was from the Detroit Pistons, the salary was approximately $0.

“And the rest is history,” Pleasant said.

Horst is only 38, has already been an NBA executive of the year and now is the GM of the reigning world champions. He’s managed trailer parks and dug ditches. He got into the NBA through the lowest level of entry level doors. He worked tirelessly, climbing the ladder. He hired Mike Budenholzer to coach the Bucks, swung the trades that brought in Holiday and others. He found the pieces that were needed to complement Antetokounmpo and Middleton.

“When he got the job, I had people calling me wondering who Jon Horst is,” Pleasant said. “And yes, he inherited Giannis and Middleton. But look at what he’s done every year. He’s made them better and better. I hope now he gets all the credit he deserves.”

The Bucks might be built to last a while, too. Antetokounmpo is entering a supermax contract. Middleton, Holiday, Lopez and Pat Connaughton are locked up for years to come as well. Horst has clearly put together something sustainable, the Bucks have shown that they’re not afraid to spend, and the funny thing about winning a championship is that a whole lot of people suddenly want to come to your city and play.

And all this comes barely a week after they lost the first two games against Phoenix and looked like they were about to get steamrolled in these NBA Finals.

Never let it be said again that a team needs to tank, that a team must be in a major market to build a winner, that a team needs a bunch of top-five picks to be talented enough to win a title. The Bucks have debunked all those theories — and then some.

“We had a theme called ‘And then some,'" Pleasant said. “We're a faith-based university and that came from the Bible. When someone needs something, you do it, and then some. That's what Jon has always been all about."

Horst, without question, is now big time. No more riding the bench. No more maintaining trailers. No more internships.

But he never forgot who he is, where he’s from and who helped him, either.

That’s why an SUV pulled up outside Pleasant’s home in Michigan on Tuesday morning, ready to take the 72-year-old coach and his grandson on a seven-hour drive to Milwaukee for Game 6. Horst quietly called him earlier in the week, offering tickets and a hotel room. Pleasant planned to drive himself; Horst wouldn’t hear of it and arranged the car service.

Horst needed him there to see what that recommendation for an internship did for him.

The kid who wasn’t good enough to play in college is now atop the NBA world, helping steer the Bucks to their first title in a half-century.

“He says I was a big part of who he is,” Pleasant said. “I was just a small part. He did everything else. He made it happen.”

Tim Reynolds is a national basketball writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at treynolds(at)ap.org

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Mavericks takeaway from would-be Mav Giannis winning first title: Would you believe hope?

The Dallas Morning News 21 July, 2021 - 01:07am

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Dallas, after all, infamously passed on the chance to draft Antetokounmpo in 2013, instead trading back from the No. 13 spot for the rights to No. 18 pick Shane Larkin.

Later the Mavericks tried to atone for that gaffe by keeping the powder dry for a free-agency run at Antetokounmpo, only to see him re-up with the Bucks in December by signing with a five-year, $228 million extension.

Speaking of regret, how must new Mavericks coach Jason Kidd have felt, watching the franchise he coached from 2014 to 2018 win the NBA title, coached by the man who replaced him, Mike Budenholzer?

Lament is an understandable emotion, but for Kidd and Mavericks fans that shouldn’t be the biggest takeaway from these NBA Finals and 2020-21′s season of COVID.

Instead, here’s a more uplifting takeaway: Hope.

We just saw Milwaukee win its first NBA title in 50 years by beating a Phoenix franchise that has no championships and was making its first postseason appearance in a decade.

Six of this season’s eight playoff finalists had never won an NBA title, and other the other two teams, Milwaukee and Philadelphia, the most recent title until the Bucks’ breakthrough on Tuesday was the Sixers’ 1983 championship.

In the NBA’s first 64 seasons, Boston (17), the Lakers (16) and Chicago (six) combined to win 60.9% of the championships.

In the past 11 seasons, starting with the Mavericks’ 2011 title, eight different franchises have won championships, with the Lakers, Celtics and Bulls accounting for only one of them.

The recent run of parity and this year’s in particular should be enough to inspire hope for a good third of the NBA, but for the Mavericks there’s even more reason for optimism.

Luka Doncic is only 22, just completed his third season and already is one of the NBA’s five best players.

We just saw Antetokounmpo, at age 26, win his first NBA title in his eighth season. It took Michael Jordan seven seasons to win his first championship; Shaquille O’Neal eight; Wilt Chamberlain ten; Dirk Nowitzki 13.

Antetokounmpo was very good at 22, but Doncic is better, and to hear Kidd and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban last week, Doncic already has a “perfect fit” potential co-star in 25-year-old Kristaps Porzingis.

Kidd coached Antetokounmpo and his “K” co-star, Khristian Middleton, for 3½ seasons in Milwaukee. Would you believe that of the 24 Bucks who suited up during Kidd’s final season, 2017-18, Antetokounmpo and Middleton are the only holdovers?

“We might not have given them all the answers to the test, but we were there at the beginning,” Kidd noted last week. “So we feel that with a little hard work and some fun, we can get a Josh Green to the next level. That’s why we’re here. We’re here to develop.”

Milwaukee’s revamp shows how quickly teams can retool around franchise players. The Mavericks showed while taking a full-strength Clippers team to seven games — in a series they actually should have won after going up 2-0 — that they don’t need major reconstruction.

After three years of playoff underachieving, Milwaukee got over the hump this season largely thanks to one major acquisition, point guard Jrue Holiday. The Suns went from last year’s bubble darlings to 51-21 and the Finals this season largely because of two significant additions – Chris Paul and Jae Crowder.

The Mavericks of this season were closer in talent and potential to last season’s Suns than last season’s Bucks, but it’s certainly not hard to imagine a significant addition, or two, making Dallas a Western Conference contender next season.

Paul is 36, as is the Lakers’ James, whose co-star, Anthony Davis, has an injury history that re-flared this season, limiting him to 36 games.

Milwaukee looks like a power for years to come, except with Philadelphia and up-and-coming Atlanta and if Brooklyn’s three stars get healthy at the same time, for the first time in recent memory it might be more advantageous to be in the West than the East.

Regrets? Sure, Mavericks fans and Kidd probably experienced some while watching Finals MVP Antetokounmpo score 50 points and cement his place in NBA lore, but hope is on the horizon.

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