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Suns hire Mike Budenholzer

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Phoenix Suns have hired head coach Mike Budenholzer. Financial terms of the agreement are not known.

Budenholzer replaces Frank Vogel, who was fired by the team on Thursday. One day later, Budenholzer was announced as their new leader.

Former Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer reacts during the first half of Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round Playoffs against the Miami Heat
Mike Budenholzer reacts during the first half of Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round Playoffs against the Miami Heat (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

This is a homecoming for Budenholzer. He was born in Holbrook, Arizona. According to Google Maps, Holbrook, Arizona is three hours and six minutes away from Phoenix.

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He sat out this past season after being fired by the Milwaukee Bucks. The 54-year-old led the Bucks from 2018 through 2023.

In 2021, the Bucks defeated the Suns in the NBA Finals. The Bucks won the series 4-2.

Vogel was in a tough situation. He had to guide a lopsided roster that had three stars and the third-highest payroll.

The Suns went 49-33 in the regular season. However, they were swept in the first round by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

He has four years left on his contract. According to reports, the Suns chose to move on from Vogel then decided to move on from Kevin Durant. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith also confirmed this report.

Budenholzer guided the Bucks to a 58-24 record in his final season. However, the team was defeated by the Miami Heat 4-1 in the first round of the playoffs.

He has won at least 50 games in four of his last five seasons. The only time he did not guide a team to 50 wins was during the 2020-21 season when he guided the team to a 46-26 record in 72 games. 

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He has been an NBA head coach for 10 seasons. He spent five seasons with the Atlanta Hawks.

Then, he spent an additional five seasons with the Bucks.

As the Hawks head coach, he went 213-197 in 410 games. He had a .520 win percentage.

In the playoffs, he guided the Hawks to a 17-22 record.

As the Bucks leader, Budenholzer went 271-120 in 391 games. This was a .693 win percentage.

Plus, he guided the Bucks to a 39-26 record in 65 playoff games.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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