Mike Budenholzer Rumors
Bembry was familiar with the Hawks’ interest in him. And when then-general manager Wes Wilcox and head coach Mike Budenholzer called to let Bembry know the Hawks selected him at No. 21, it was a bittersweet moment. His childhood dream come true, Bembry had a quiet moment with his mother and grandmother in tribute to his brother before hugging his screaming family and friends. “I was in the hallway on the phone and I waited for them to call my name and then I was just running around, running around,” Bembry said. “Everybody just started yelling. Yeah, emotions were around. A lot of energy. At the time of the call, I was first thinking, ‘I made it to my dream.’ At first, it was just me, my mom and my grandmother in the room just in there, happy, of course, of what happened. Of course, we talked about my little brother and how much he would have been happy for me.”
Judging by the questions each man got this week, there is interest in how new Hawks GM Travis Schlenk and coach Mike Budenholzer will coexist. That makes some sense because Schlenk now has the franchise-shaping power that Budenholzer once had. But it also seems there’s a perception that there’s no way Budenholzer is OK with Schlenk’s rebuilding plan and that this will cause friction between the two. Both Budenholzer and Schlenk said they are on the same page, but that won’t stop outside speculation about potential rifts. Maybe I’m weird, but I’ve never had much interest in interpersonal front-office drama. Leaders have different personalities and styles. Roles change and evolve in professional sports, and at some point, all coaches and executives must adjust. Ultimately they are judged by the final product.
FIBA: Another guest from the @nba in Tel Aviv arena tonight as @atlhawks head coach Mike Budenholzer checks in to watch @ds17_fg and Germany take on Israel. #EuroBasket2017
Q. I know (coach Mike Budenholzer) likes to carry a third point guard. Do you expect to sign one? Travis Schlenk: We’ll sign a third point guard. We are deciding to we get a veteran guy or do we get a young guy that we think has upside. Do we bring in a couple guys and let them battle it out? We are going to sign a power forward for sure. We’ll sign a center for sure. Probably sign three more big guys so we end up with six.
Tim Kawakami: Note on Travis Schlenk’s connection to Atlanta’s set up: Schlenk was part of the process when GSWs interviewed Mike Budenholzer in 2011. That was when GSWs ended up hiring Mark Jackson, but Schlenk and Budenholzer had a lot of common ground during that process.
Agravanis is a “draft & stash” player of the Atlanta Hawks and among the people that watched him have a really solid match last night from the seats of “Sinan Erdem” was Mike Budenhozler. How does the Greek forward feel about the presence of the Hawks head coach in the tournament? “It’s something that definitely gives me an extra motivation as well,” he said to Eurohoops. “But right now all I care about is Olympiacos. And how to win the trophy.”