Friday, 19 October, 2018

Bucks reportedly hire Budenholzer as next head coach

Mike Budenholzer REPORT: Bucks hire former Atlanta head coach Mike Budenholzer as new head coach
Cary Erickson | 17 May, 2018, 03:55

Mike Budenholzer, a candidate for the Knicks' head-coaching job before it went to David Fizdale, has agreed to become the next coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, multiple reports said Wednesday.

The Bucks finished the season 44-38 - their best record since 2009-10. That's according to league sources.

The Raptors reportedly want the four-time National Basketball Association champion, but they also have a number of impressive internal candidates.

Budenholzer had also been linked to the Toronto Raptors head coaching vacancy.

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Milwaukee fired coach Jason Kidd on January 22 after losing four of five games despite an early season trade for Eric Bledsoe and an MVP-quality season from Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Mike Budenholzer is trading one Eastern Conference team for another.

If the Bucks defense improves under Budenholzer, like everybody expects it to, then Milwaukee is going to be a strong challenger in the East. He comes from the Gregg Popovich coaching tree, which is a good sign for the Bucks. The future is bright, however, and Jon Horst believes Budenholzer is the right choice to steer 23 year-old superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and the rest of the Bucks past the first round of the playoffs.

In Atlanta, Budenzholer ran an offense that featured a flurry of 3-point shooters and a rim-attacking point guard. Milwaukee will need to upgrade their front-court this offseason, but there is plenty of talent for Budenholzer to work with.