Mike Budenholzer 'the focus' of Bucks, Raptors coaching searches

Daniel Fowler
May 16, 2018

According to ESPN, the team has its eyes set on possibly hiring Mike Budenholzer, who was the former coach of the Atlanta Hawks.

The head coaching gig in Milwaukee is arguably the most attractive job available, as it is an opportunity to coach Giannis Antetokounmpo into his prime. May. The Bucks finished the season under interim coach Joe Prunty and made the playoffs as the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Budenholzer's inclusion in this stage of the project is certainly not a surprise.

With a prior report from Velazquez indicating the team's plan was to have three or four candidates advance to this point, it's possible the Bucks have another coach or two under consideration at this final stage.

The 58-year-old Italian spent the majority of his first 25 coaching years overseas, highlighted by four EuroLeague championships, before joining the Spurs.

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What can be parsed from that is a preference for an experienced head coach.

Budenholzer parted ways with the Hawks after five seasons in April, after posting a 213-197 record in charge of the team.

Also worth noting is the connection both men have with the San Antonio Spurs.

Messina interviewed for the Charlotte Hornets opening, too.

Prior to being named head coach with the Hawks, the 48-year-old captured four National Basketball Association championships as an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs.

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