Bucks an­nounce hir­ing of coach Bu­den­holzer

The Welland Tribune - - Sports -

MIL­WAU­KEE — The Mil­wau­kee Bucks have of­fi­cially an­nounced the hir­ing of Mike Bu­den­holzer as their new coach.

A per­son fa­mil­iar with the search told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Wed­nes­day the Bucks had reached an agree­ment with Bu­den­holzer, the for­mer At­lanta Hawks coach. The Bucks made the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment Thurs­day.

“The tremen­dously sup­port­ive fans in Mil­wau­kee and through­out Wisconsin are wait­ing and ready,” Bu­den­holzer said in a state­ment re­leased by the team. “Now it’s up to us to put all the pieces to­gether, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Bu­den­holzer re­places Joe Prunty, the for­mer as­sis­tant who went 21-16 in the reg­u­lar sea­son af­ter re­plac­ing the fired Ja­son Kidd in late Jan­uary.

The Bucks lost to Bos­ton in seven games in the first round of the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion play­offs.

Bu­den­holzer, 48, went 213-197 in five sea­sons with the Hawks. Bu­den­holzer was named the NBA coach of the year in 2015, when he led the Hawks to a fran­chise-record 60 wins and an ap­pear­ance in the East­ern Con­fer­ence fi­nals.

He and the Hawks mu­tu­ally agreed to part ways last month with two years re­main­ing on his con­tract, al­low­ing Bu­den­holzer to pur­sue other op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Mike Bu­den­holzer

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