Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Mike Budenholzer hired as new head coach of Milwaukee Bucks

Mike Budenholzer REPORT: Bucks hire former Atlanta head coach Mike Budenholzer as new head coach
Rita Gibson | 17 May, 2018, 03:09

Mike Budenholzer will reportedly be the Milwaukee Bucks' next head coach after spending the previous five years with the Atlanta Hawks, according to ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Milwaukee has officially hired Mike Budenholzer to be their new head coach.

The other finalist for the job, San Antonio assistant Ettore Messina, was informed that he was out of the running on Wednesday, league sources said.

The 48-year-old's time in Atlanta was widely considered to be successful, but as ownership looked to initiate a full rebuild, Budenholzer was eager to move on for another opportunity with a greater readiness to be competitive.

Those are arguably the two most important players on Milwaukee's roster, so it's clear the team wants to ensure its next coach and its best players will be on the same page.

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The Milwaukee Bucks have found their man.

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.

Budenholzer led Atlanta to a 60-win season during the 2014-15 season.

Budenholzer would take over for interim coach Joe Prunty, who took the reins when Jason Kidd was sacked in January. The Hawks went 24-58 this season.

The hiring of a head coach was undoubtedly the biggest decision of the summer for the Bucks, but now the hard work must begin for Budenholzer and co. Budenholzer won four championships as an assistant with the Spurs.

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