Bu­den­holzer takes over as Mil­wau­kee coach

The Mercury News Weekend - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

he Mil­wau­kee Bucks have of­fi­cially an­nounced Thurs­day the hir­ing of Mike Bu­den­holzer, the for­mer At­lanta Hawks leader, as their new coach.

“The tremen­dously sup­port­ive fans in Mil­wau­kee and through­out Wis­con­sin are wait­ing and ready,” Bu­den­holzer said in a state­ment. “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 play­offs.

The 48-year- old Bu­den­holzer 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.

Be­fore join­ing the Hawks, Bu­den­holzer spent 19 sea­sons with the San An­to­nio Spurs, in­clud­ing a 17-year stint as an as­sis­tant coach. The Spurs won NBA ti­tles in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007 dur­ing Bu­den­holzer’s ten­ure as an as­sis­tant coach.

“Mike has played a key role in build­ing suc­cess­ful teams through­out his career,” Bucks gen­eral man­ager Jon Horst said.

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