Bucks, Budenholzer Reach Agreement to Become Head Coach


Bucks, Budenholzer Reach Agreement to Become Head Coach

Ross Houston
May 17, 2018

This, after he had a second interview with Bucks ownership in NY.

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

The report comes just hours after it was reported that Budenholzer met with Bucks star Giannis Antetokoumpo earlier in the day.

Budenholzer, who parted ways with Atlanta last month, met with Bucks ownership on Tuesday in NY.


Budenholzer was also a candidate for jobs with the Toronto Raptors, Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks.

During Budenholzer's five years as the head coach of the Hawks, he put together a 213-197 record. Unfortunately, players like Al Horford, Jeff Teague, and Paul Millsap ended up going elsewhere and the Hawks were one of the worst teams in the National Basketball Association in 2017-18.

During Budenholzer's tenure, the Hawks made the playoffs four times, including a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2015.

Expect to see the Bucks end up looking very good for their decision to hire Budenholzer.


Budenholzer would take over for interim coach Joe Prunty, who took the reins when Jason Kidd was sacked in January.

Alongside Antetokounmpo, the Bucks have players like Eric Bledsoe, Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon, and Thon Maker.

The Bucks have a draft to prepare for, big free agency decisions to come, and an assistant coaching staff to fill.

He previously worked under Gregg Popovich as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. Messina could still be summoned to Milwaukee for a meeting with the players too, league sources said, but that will largely be determined on the Bucks next step with Budenholzer.


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