Add assistant coach of the San Antonio Spurs, Mike Budenholzer, to the latest head coach that has been recently hired. Former Spur, Danny Ferry, who is now the General Manager of the Atlanta Hawks, was able to pry away Mike Budenholzer from Gregg Popovich’s firm grip.
“We are thrilled to have Mike as the next coach of the Atlanta Hawks. He has an incredible basketball acumen and has a keen awareness of the league and what it takes to be successful," Ferry said. "His experience and four championships over the last 17 years provide a tremendous foundation for his leadership of our team.”
Budenholzer was long thought to be the replacement for Gregg Popovich in the event that he retired around the time that Tim Duncan retired. However, this doesn’t seem like it’s any time too soon with the way that Duncan has been playing as of late, and the opportunity to partner with Ferry was something Ferry couldn’t miss.
“I have been extremely fortunate to be a part of the San Antonio Spurs organization for the last 19 years. I knew it would have to be a tremendous situation for me to leave and clearly coming to Atlanta as the head coach of the Hawks is perfect for me,” said Budenholzer. “Ownership’s commitment to taking this organization to the next level and creating a unique and special culture, partnering with a general manager like Danny Ferry who I have great respect for, and building a roster that has terrific potential because of the existing core and the ensuing flexibility presents a rare and uniquely positive opportunity.”