Chad Forcier, former Beavers assistant coach, soaking in 2021 NBA Finals

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Chad Forcier, former Beavers assistant coach, soaking in 2021 NBA Finals originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

Longtime NBA assistant coach Chad Forcier began his coaching career in Corvallis, OR for the Oregon State Beavers, serving under Eddie Payne from 1997-2000.

Now, 21 years later, Forcier is two wins away from winning a second ring inside the NBA. He was also an assistant for the 2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs.

The former Beaver joined the Talkin' Beavers podcast to discuss coaching at the world's largest stage as he currently sits on Mike Budenholzer's bench in Milwaukee. 

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"I think our guys have been phenomenal," said Forcier of the Bucks. "Really where they hang their hats day-in/day-out, this is about competition... There's a lot of different layers to how you get to the finish line."

The Bucks trailed two games to none heading back home, but have since then tied up the series to even it going back to Phoenix for Game 5 Saturday.

Regardless of where the series sat, the Bucks knew it wasn't over until it was over. Forcier applauded his team's focus and effort.

"If you're not bringing the ultimate level of competition... and you're not doing everything together as a team... it makes the job hard," he said before discussing all the momentum swings not just inside a series, but during a 48-minute game.

"Stay focused on the competition... you can rest your head easy at night," he concluded.