Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Business | By Pearl Harrison

Mike Budenholzer to become the next head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks

Mike Budenholzer to become the next head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks

According to multiple reports, the Milwaukee Bucks have hired Mike Budenholzer to become the team's new head coach.

League sources told Wojnarowski that Budenholzer, the former Hawks head coach, had always been the top target of Bucks GM Jon Horst.

Mike Budenholzer was relieved of his head coaching duties by the Atlanta Hawks earlier this offseason. He served as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs for 17 seasons before taking the Hawks job prior to the 2013-14 campaign, and he led Atlanta to the playoffs in each of his first four years at the helm. However, they seemingly have taken a step forward on Wednesday. He'll have the luxury of coaching a unicorn in Giannis Antetokounmpo. He'll take over for former interim head coach Joe Prunty who succeeded Jason Kidd after the team's rough start during the 2017-18 season. Khris Middleton is a borderline All-Star. Budenholzer was in the running for the Knicks and Raptors jobs in addition to Milwaukee's vacancy. He never had an Antetokounmpo-like talent though, and the idea of him surrounded by nothing but 3-point shooters should be exciting for everybody associated with the Bucks. Antetokounmpo has never had the type of spacing he's going to get with Budenholzer.

The deal comes just a few weeks after Budenholzer and the Atlanta Hawks parted ways following a dismal 24-58 season. Budenholzer's philosophies, which call for ball movement, defensive energy and cohesiveness from his teams, should help Antetokounmpo and Milwaukee improve quickly.

He guided the Hawks to the 2015 Eastern Conference Finals and was named the NBA's Coach of the Year that season. He won four National Basketball Association titles as a member of San Antonio's staff.

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