Atlanta Hawks Hire Longtime San Antonio Spurs Assistant Mike Budenholzer As New Head Coach

By Paul Seaver
Matthew Emmons-USA Today Sports

The Atlanta Hawks have made a coaching change, announcing on Tuesday that they have tabbed Mike Budenholzer to the position.

Budenholzer has spent the past 17 seasons working as an assistant for the San Antonio Spurs and current head coach Gregg Popovich. Budenholzer has no prior head coaching experience, but his resume at the NBA level since 1996 speaks for itself. He has been apart of several NBA playoff runs with the Spurs and he will remain with the organization through the conclusion of things here in 2013. San Antonio advanced to the NBA Finals on Monday night, completing a four game sweep of the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Hawks’ announcement in favor of Budenholzer means that there will be one less off-season change to worry about for this organization. Atlanta features a roster that includes seven unrestricted free agents heading into this summer, so the changes will only be continuing. In fact, the Hawks technically have enough cap room to offer two max contracts and they are, at the very least, expected to engage the situation of both Chris Paul and Dwight Howard.

As for Budenholzer though, he will replace Larry Drew, who according to reports, is among one of three finalist for the Milwaukee Bucks‘ vacancy. Hawks’ general manger Danny Ferry has had a long-standing relationship with Budenholzer, so the new hire certainly isn’t surprising.

Budenholzer has been tenured as an assistant for a long period of time with a very successful franchise, so this opportunity is certainly well deserved.


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