By County Executive Chris Abele
“Congratulations to Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mike Budenholzer and Jon Horst for sweeping the 2019 NBA Awards.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s toughness, his never quit attitude and his hard-working style embodies what it means to be a Milwaukee Buck and what it means to be a Milwaukeean. With today’s honor, Giannis will forever be enshrined as the MVP, but he earned his place in the hearts of Bucks fans long ago. From the 15th draft pick in 2013, to what he has done and what he is sure to become, Giannis’ story, spirit and strength is an inspiration to us all.
With 60 regular season wins, a league-best record and the team’s first divisional title in nearly 20 years, it is no question Coach Mike Budenholzer is this year’s NBA Coach of the Year. He is a force to be reckoned with on the court, and a gentleman off it. Coach Bud was instrumental in pioneering the Bucks run to the Eastern Conference Finals this year and is well on his way towards creating a dynasty here like none other.
Jon Horst has given his all to the Bucks for over a decade, and we are lucky to have him on board as we look to the future. Jon’s ability to make tough decisions reflects his commitment to do what is best for the future of the organization, not what is easy. General Manager is an extraordinary and all-consuming role, and it is clear why the NBA picked Jon Horst as Executive of the Year.
I join all Wisconsinites in congratulating Giannis, Coach Bud, Jon Horst and the entire Bucks organization on this well-deserved recognition.”