Mike Budenholzer


Bucks HC Mike Budenholzer's coaching tree continues to grow

Mike Budenholzer is a branch of the ever-expanding Gregg Popovich coaching tree. He started as a video coordinator for the San Antonio Spurs in 1994, then worked as an assistant coach for the Spurs from 1996-2013. After the 2012-13 season, he was hired by the Atlanta Hawks to be their next head coach.
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A Milwaukee Bucks Gift Guide for Mike Budenholzer

As Milwaukee Bucks fans, we all know the persistent state of stress that seems to paint itself onto head coach Mike Budenholzer’s face. Sure, he likes to point at things, but more often than not he’s fiercely stroking his beard, pulling at the tufts of hair atop his head and contorting his face into all kinds of unnatural shapes. The man has a stressful job; now imagine balancing next year’s potential rotation with getting ahead on Christmas gifts. Without a doubt he’s gonna be stuck walking the sideline once more during the Yuletide season, so it’s never too early to get a jumpstart on gifts for the whole family.
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3 Milwaukee Bucks’ free agent targets with ties to Mike Budenholzer

For better or worse, familiarity is something that the Milwaukee Bucks value highly when putting together their roster year in and year out. Sometimes it works out well, like when the front office signed Wesley Matthews in December for what would be his second stint with the Bucks. The swingman played great and became a pivotal piece for the team to the point where he was a full-time starter. However, there are times when it has not worked out quite as well, such as the Bucks adding George Hill, another player from that 2019-20 team, as he had an abysmal year this past season. Still, familiarity is something that the Bucks will value once again this coming offseason, and perhaps they could aim to retool the roster with some players that have ties to head coach Mike Budenholzer to bring in some familiar faces. With that being said, let us look at three players that fit the description.

What Bucks’ Mike Budenholzer Wishes Celtics Would Stop Doing

The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks are preparing for their win-or-go-home Game 7 matchup on Sunday, with one coach having a series-long gripe with their opposing team. Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer has not been happy with the Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals. “I’m beyond impressed with Ime (Udoka)...

Mike Budenholzer Praises 'Instinctive' Jrue Holiday Following Game 5 Win

The Milwaukee Bucks erased a 14 point deficit to come back and beat the Boston Celtics 110-107 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Bucks, who outscored the Celtics 33-21 in the fourth quarter, now have a 3-2 lead in the series. They also shot 6-of-6 from 3 in the fourth quarter, tied for the most 3-point makes without a miss in the final quarter over the last 25 years.

Mike Budenholzer and Ime Udoka worked together as Spurs coaches. That was news to Budenholzer.

There’ve been fascinating coaching subplots in the second-round NBA playoff series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics. Ime Udoka, who has earned raves as a first-year head coach with the Celtics, is trying to figure out the unanswerable question of how to stop Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo from barreling his way to the rim. Mike Budenholzer, a two-time NBA coach of the year, has kept the Bucks’ defense stout despite the absence of versatile wing Khris Middleton, who is out with a knee injury. Both coaches are constantly politicking with the referees in what has been a physically pounding matchup.

Bucks’ Mike Budenholzer Saw Ime Udoka Going Into Coaching Early On

Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer isn’t surprised to look at the Boston Celtics bench during the Eastern Conference semifinals and see Ime Udoka standing there. Budenholzer believed years ago when he was an assistant on Gregg Popovich’s staff with the San Antonio Spurs, and Udoka a player there, that Udoka was destined to enter the coaching ranks one day.

Mike Budenholzer Confirms Khris Middleton To Miss Start Of Celtics Series

Mike Budenholzer confirmed that Khris Middleton will miss the opening of the Milwaukee Bucks' second round playoff series against the Boston Celtics due to a sprained MCL. "We miss Khris; I don't think anybody underestimates how important and how effective he is for us," said Budenholzer after the Bucks beat the Bulls in Game 5 to win the series. "While we don't have him, we've got to be our best all up and down the roster."

Mike Budenholzer explains controversial Giannis Antetokounmpo strategy

Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer almost got too big-brained for his own good during Sunday’s playoff opener. Budenholzer made the decision in Game 1 against the Chicago Bulls to sit star player Giannis Antetokounmpo for some key possessions late. While Antetokounmpo did have five fouls at the time, the unusual strategy sparked some controversy. Budenholzer pulled the two-time MVP from the contest with 1:24 left in the fourth quarter as the Bucks were about to play defense. Antetokounmpo spent four possessions on the bench before re-entering the game with 15.3 seconds remaining. Milwaukee held on to win 93-86 though.

Mike Budenholzer praises Jordan Nwora after Milwaukee Bucks’ latest win

In his second season with the Milwaukee Bucks, 23-year-old forward Jordan Nwora has been in and out of the rotation. The sophomore has struggled to carve out a consistent role for himself on this veteran-oriented team, primarily getting time when the Bucks are without a player or two due to injuries or whatever else. This was the case in Sunday’s matchup with the Phoenix Suns, where Milwaukee was set to be without Wesley Matthews, Pat Connaughton, and several others. With a handful of rotational players missing, Nwora would have an opportunity to shine, and he delivered.