The Bucks Are Bringing In Giannis Antetokounmpo To Recruit Mike Budenholzer

Paola Ditto
Mag 17, 2018

Mike Budenholzer, who spent 17 seasons as an assistant for the San Antonio Spurs under Gregg Popovich, has been named the Milwaukee Bucks head coach, according to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Budenholzer had emerged as the clear frontrunner in recent days, and was reported as having taken a breakfast meeting with Bucks stars Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton on Wednesday morning, following a Tuesday meeting with ownership in NY.

He and Atlanta parted ways after a tumultuous season in late April, but other teams covet his leadership.

This visit marked the second time the Bucks have met with the former Spurs assistant.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton reportedly had breakfast this morning with the candidate.

Budenholzer met with team ownership Tuesday, and prior to Wednesday's report, had been considered a favorite for the job.

Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times then reported the coach was one of the favorites to fill the Bucks opening, while Marc Stein of the New York Times noted the Raptors' "strong interest" in him. Messina could still be summoned to Milwaukee for a meeting with the players too, league sources said, but that will largely be determined on the Bucks next step with Budenholzer. Budenholzer had been the Hawks president of basketball operations - until surrendering front office control with the arrival of GM Travis Schlenk in the spring of 2017. Atlanta made the playoffs in four of his first five seasons as head coach. The Hawks went 24-58 this season.

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