Bucks to Hire Mike Budenholzer as Head Coach

Bucks to Hire Mike Budenholzer as Head Coach

Bucks to Hire Mike Budenholzer as Head Coach

The 48-year-old Budenholzer was the 2015-16 NBA Coach of the Year but was released from his contract with the Atlanta Hawks at the end of this regular season to pursue other opportunities.

Milwaukee parted with Jason Kidd in January, and assistant coach Joe Prunty served the rest of the season as interim head coach. The Hawks made it to the Eastern Conference Finals during that season, where they were dispatched in four games by the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, they seemingly have taken a step forward on Wednesday.

Budenholzer has reached an agreement with the Milwaukee Bucks to become their new head coach, as first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. In his fifth season, the Greek Freak has developed into a two-way monster and one of the top 10 players in the National Basketball Association. He was sacked in the middle of the year after Bucks' management wasn't happy with the inconsistent start.

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With that considered, he settled in relatively quickly and more often than not looked right at home alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. Budenholzer's philosophies, which call for ball movement, defensive energy and cohesiveness from his teams, should help Antetokounmpo and Milwaukee improve quickly.

Budenholzer also comes to the Bucks with some hardware to prove his track record.

Prior to that, Budenholzer worked as an assistant coach for the Spurs for 17 years.

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But the Bucks just need a good coach.

If the Bucks defense improves under Budenholzer, like everybody expects it to, then Milwaukee is going to be a strong challenger in the East.

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