There’s a San Antonio connection in the Bucks championship

There’s a San Antonio connection in the Bucks championship

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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – JULY 20: Owner Marc Lasry of the Milwaukee Bucks celebrates after his team defeated the Phoenix Suns in Game Six to win the 2021 NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum on July 20, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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There won’t be championship barges on the River Walk or honking down Commerce Street this year in San Antonio, but the city still has a tie to the Milwaukee Bucks NBA Championship that Spurs fans are celebrating. 

The Bucks claimed their first NBA title in more than 50 years on Tuesday night in a 105-98 Game 6 win against the Phoenix Suns. While Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is picking up praise across the sports world, San Antonio is honing in on three familiar names: Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer, Assistant Coach Chad Forcier, and guard Bryn Forbes. 

Both coaches worked under Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich with Budenholzer part of all five Spurs championships. Forcier was part of the 2014 title. Forbes played his last season with the Spurs in 2019 and agreed to a two-year deal with the Bucks in November 2020. 

While Spurs Twitter was divided on which team they wanted to take the 2021 championship, many celebrated the San Antonio connection to the moment. 

See some of the responses below.