Bucks Coach Mike Budenholzer on Hot Seat?

The job of coach Mike Budenholzer may not be safe after the Bucks were eliminated by the Heat in the first round of the NBA playoffs, as suggested by ESPN’s Zach Lowe and several Hoops Wire sources.Mike Budenholzer

Milwaukee became just the third No. 1 overall seed to lose in the first round of the playoffs since the NBA instituted a best-of-seven format in 2003.

“There’s some losses for which there’s just no going back,” Lowe said on The Lowe Post podcast, via HoopsHype. “You cannot come back to the same team, and the Bucks cannot come back the same team from this.

“League insiders — you don’t really have to be an insider — but league insiders are extremely skeptical that Mike Budenholzer can return as head coach of the Bucks after this. He has, according to (ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski), his last extension, which happened after they won the title, runs through the ’24–25 season, so he has two years left. I just don’t see anyone coming back from it. It’s just logic. … I think the league insiders are going to be right. I just don’t see any other way.”

The Bucks finished the 58-24 for the NBA’s best overall record, but looked disjointed against the Heat. Part of that may have been the result of the ailing lower back experienced by star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.

But this is the NBA, and it is the coach who is often the easy scapegoat in these situations. That could prove to be bad news for Budenholzer.


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