NBA Finals coach Dunlap named Alaska Athlete of the Week

July 6, 2021

Mike Dunlap of Fairbanks was named Alaska Athlete of the Week after helping lead the Milwaukee Bucks to the NBA Finals from the bench.

The 64-year-old assistant coach continues to elevate Alaska basketball as the first Alaskan to coach in the NBA. He is now the first Alaskan to coach in the NBA Finals after the Bucks defeated the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals series.

This is Dunlap’s first season with Milwaukee. He previously coached in the NBA as an assistant with the Denver Nuggets from 2006 to 2008 and a head coach with the Charlotte Bobcats from 2012 to 2013.

Dunlap, of Lathrop High fame, has done a lot of winning in his career as a player and coach. He was also the first Alaskan to play in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament in 1980 with Loyola Marymount.

The athlete of the week recipient is selected by a panel each Friday and announced Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Sports Guys on CBS Sports Radio 590AM and 96.7FM.

View past winners here.