By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Milwaukee Bucks have fired head coach Mike Budenholzer. This comes during a tough time for the head coach.
Budenholzer is fired just days after he admitted that his brother passed away during the first-round series with the Miami Heat. At this time, it is not clear how he passed away.
The top-seeded Bucks were defeated by the eighth-seeded Heat. Miami dominated the series with Milwaukee, as the lower-seeded team won 4-1.
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“This was a very difficult decision,” a joint statement from General Manager Jon Horst and President Peter Feigin said. “Bud helped lead our team for five incredible seasons, to the Bucks’ first title in 50 years, and into an era of sustained success. We are grateful for the culture of winning and leadership that Bud helped create in Milwaukee.
“This is an opportunity for us to refocus and re-energize our efforts as we continue building toward our next championship season.”
The series began on April 16th with the Heat winning 130-117. Ten days later, the Heat concluded the series with a 128-126 win.
The Bucks’ lone win in the series came in Game 2, winning 138-122.
Budenholzer had been the Bucks head coach since the 2018-19 season. He led the team for five seasons.
Only once during his tenure did the team not get at least 50 wins in a season. The team went 46-26 during the 2020-21 season.
Despite the 46-win record, Budenholzer guided the Bucks to the NBA Finals Championship. They defeated the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals.
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Budenholzer has been an NBA head coach since the 2013-14 season. Before being hired by the Bucks, he led the Atlanta Hawks as their head coach.
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