HoopsHype Mike Budenholzer rumors
Add Mike Budenholzer to the Warriors’ list of finalists for their head coach vacancy. It’s not a new name, as the San Antonio Spurs assistant coach was mentioned almost immediately after Golden State parted ways with Keith Smart. According to a team source, owner Joe Lacob is flying to San Antonio on Wednesday to interview Budenholzer. And if Lacob is going to the Alamo to interview him, Budenholzer is must be a serious candidate. Contra Costa Times
Although his name has been mentioned for the head coaching vacancy that opened this week in Golden State, as well as the Rockets’ job left vacant on April 18, Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer on Friday said he prefers to remain in San Antonio. “I’d prefer not to say anything and just keep my name out of it as much as possible,” Budenholzer said of the speculation that he will be a candidate for head coaching jobs. “It’s hard to explain. I’m very flattered and it’s something I want to do someday, but for right now, I’ve decided the best thing for me and my family is to stay in San Antonio. “That could change at some time, but for the foreseeable future that’s how I feel, and that’s how I’ve felt for the last little while.” San Antonio Express-News
Riley said the Warriors haven't contacted any potential candidates and don't have a timetable for hiring a new coach, though he said it wouldn't hurt to have one by the NBA draft, which is June 23. He declined to reveal whom the Warriors have on their shortlist, but multiple sources -- from the team and in NBA circles -- said they believe former Cleveland coach Mike Brown and assistant coaches Dwane Casey of Dallas, Mike Budenholzer of San Antonio and Lawrence Frank of Boston are on that list. Casey and Frank are former NBA head coaches. San Jose Mercury-News
From there, the likes of former Cleveland coach Mike Brown, former Minnesota coach Dwane Casey (now a Dallas assistant), former Atlanta coach Mike Woodson, former New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank (now a Boston assistant), television analyst Mark Jackson and assistants like San Antonio's Mike Budenholzer and New Orleans' Mike Malone are expected to draw the most interest. SI.com
Rockets assistant Elston Turner, Dallas; Dwane Casey, San Antonio; Mike Budenholzer and Boston; Lawrence Frank, the former Nets coach, are assistant coaches expected to be targeted by teams with openings. Larry Brown and Mike Dunleavy discussed the Rockets opening before Van Gundy was hired. The job, however, has changed greatly since the previous coaching changes. Houston Chronicle
The thought of most people inside the San Antonio Spurs organization is that Mike Budenholzer is the team’s coach in waiting. Nothing official has been designated like the deal that Will Muschamp has at Texas. But most believe that Budenholzer will be taking over the team when Gregg Popovich finally decides to head for the New England hills and become a full-time vintner one of these days. San Antonio Express-News
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