Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer was said to be on the hot seat after the regular season, but a run to the team’s first appearance in the Finals since 1974 may have changed all that.
We really don’t know, as co-owner Marc Lasry offered no hints during an interview with Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“We’ll deal with it at the end of the year,” Lasry told Owczarski. “Nobody has talked about it.”
The Budenholzer rumors really started to take off after the Bucks trailed their second-round series vs. the Nets by a 2-0 count.
Milwaukee came back to win the series in seven games, before beating Atlanta in the Eastern Conference finals in six. Two of those games came without injured star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.
“There was no truth to it,” Lasry said of the rumors. “But what ends up happening is you can’t sort of listen to what the media is talking about because they were going to write what they need to write. I just felt bad for Bud.
“That was really it. How would you like to be reading about yourself, people saying it’s over. I get it. It’s part of the business we’re all in. I think it was hard for him.”
Budenholzer, 51, coached the Hawks for five seasons before joining the Bucks in 2018. He led Milwaukee to the East’s best record in each of the two seasons prior to this one, and owns a 375-262 record in eight years overall.
The Bucks’ lone championship came in 1971.