After capturing their first Championship in over 50 years, the Milwaukee Bucks are officially at the top of the basketball world, and they're feeling pretty good.
On the other side, though, are the Phoenix Suns, who came within two games of winning it all before being defeated in 6 games.
Star shooting guard Devin Booker, who was understandably upset after the crushing loss, spoke a bit about the direction of the franchise, and how they intend to pick up right where they left off:
“Championship basketball and nothing less than that,” Booker responded when asked what type of foundation this season laid for the Suns moving forward, via Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “So, going into next season, on a Tuesday night playing against Cleveland, if we don’t have it, we will be quickly reminded about the details and if you don’t want to give it your all right now, what can happen and this feeling right now that we’re feeling can happen. This isn’t something you want to feel. I haven’t felt a hurt like this in my life. So, that’s when I know we have a base and a foundation. Just championship basketball at all times.”
Championship mentality is often overlooked by the community, but it matters a lot in the grand scheme of things.
While the Suns fell short of their goal this season, the experience and wisdom they gained by their 2021 playoff run will follow them forever and will make them a better, more equipped unit going forward.
And now, hungrier than ever before, Phoenix will play with a renewed sense of passion and strength as they look to make amends for their Finals defeat.
It will be interesting to see what kind of team they become by the next campaign, and if they can achieve the results they're looking for.