Former Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer reportedly hired as head coach

Tanya Simon
May 17, 2018

ESPN is reporting that Mike Budenholzer has reached an agreement to become the next head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.

After reports surfaced earlier today of Mike Budenholzer meeting with Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee has reportedly made Budenholzer the team's new coach.

The Hawks hired Budenholzer, 48, in 2013, but he and the team agreed to part ways in April.

Also in the running for the job was Spurs assistant Becky Hammon who would be the first female head coach in National Basketball Association history if she were to be hired by a team. Budenholzer was in the running for the Knicks and Raptors jobs in addition to Milwaukee's vacancy.

The Milwaukee Bucks have found their man.

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Budenholzer would take over for interim coach Joe Prunty, who took the reins when Jason Kidd was sacked in January. He pulled out of contention for the Suns job after several conversations with ownership and management.

During Budenholzer's five years as the head coach of the Hawks, he put together a 213-197 record.

Considered one of the NBA's best tacticians. The Hawks went 24-58 this season.

Budenholzer won his coach of the year award after a 60-victory regular season and a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2016.

He previously worked under Gregg Popovich as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. He won four National Basketball Association titles as a member of Spurs' staff.

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