Milwaukee Bucks set to hire former Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer

Dwayne Harmon
May 17, 2018

According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Milwaukee Bucks have officially hired Budenholzer to be their new head coach.

After the end of a two-week search, the Bucks have reportedly decided on Budenholzer to be the team's new head coach.

Over five seasons with the Hawks, Budenholzer notched a 213-197 record, but he went just 17-22 in the playoffs and the team slumped this season to 24-58, the worst record in the Eastern Conference.

It didn't take long for the former NBA Coach of the Year to land a new gig. He'll have the luxury of coaching a unicorn in Giannis Antetokounmpo. Jason Kidd and Joe Prunty are not.

The Bucks waited a week or so after they were eliminated from the playoffs, but Budenholzer was the top candidate from the get-go.

Listen as Steve and Jeffrey Gorman explain why Budenholzer will be a ideal fit for the Milwaukee Bucks and the impact he will have on the Eastern Conference for years to come.

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

From there, we also talked about Messina being beaten to the job at the final hurdle, and the breakfast meeting that formed Milwaukee's own version of The Breakfast Club. In prior years, they were well coached and always had a good defense.

In Milwaukee, Budenholzer will look to replicate the previous form that once saw him achieve a 60-win season in Atlanta.

Budenholzer inherits a Milwaukee team that is loaded with talent, but has little to show in terms of postseason success in recent years. Budenholzer was named NBA Coach of the Year that season.

Budenholzer was a longtime assistant to Gregg Popovich in San Antonio before taking the Atlanta job.

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