Mike Budenholzer Rumors
Q: What are your reflections about your time with the Hawks and your two years in the NBA? Pero Antic: Expect the unexpected! I would not talk about the results that we made, but more important than that are the people around and within the team. Everything starts with COACH BUD. He taught me so much about life, family, basketball and so many other things. I would miss him a lot. I’m so happy that I met a person like him in my life, that has accomplish so much in life and still he is down to earth. My teammates and the other coaching stuff that made it all easier for me – from my El Capitano Al Horford to the old man my mentor Elton Brand and Dominique Wilkins. People are great. The city is beautiful and the whole HAWKS organization was my family. We all built something great. Maybe the best chemistry in the league I wish them a lot of health and more happiness for the HAWKS and the city of ATLANTA. TRU TO ATLANTA.
Q: I’m curious about Pero Antic because when I asked him before the end of the season if he wanted to come back, he said ‘From your lips to God’s ears.’ And then, pretty quickly after the season, he chose to return to Europe. What happened there and I wonder if the New York incident had anything to do with his decision? Mike Budenholzer: No, I think he genuinely wanted to be back and we genuinely wanted him back. The European market moves at a different time and a different pace. There was an opportunity, really two-fold, to be closer to home and family. There was some discussions of his wife and kids coming here if he came back. For his family, to be closer to Macedonia and play in Turkey. And then financially, I think was something he thought was a very good situation and something he could not pass up. It was a happy-sad phone call. We were telling each other how great it’s been. I genuinely love him. He is a special person. How things all worked out was a wild 72 hours. I don’t think New York had anything to do with it. It was just family and money at the end of the day. Both of them lined up and he made a tough decision.
I know you can’t discuss the legal particulars, but have you had a chance to talk to Mike Scott? How is he mentally going into the season with something like that hanging over his head? Mike Budenholzer: Mike has been in the gym every day working unbelievably hard. His focus and diligence has been great. He and I have had a lot of good conversations. It’s a legal process, so I can’t comment on any of that, but his mental focus and preparedness for the season is in a really good place.
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has made hires to its Athletic Performance Team, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. Keke (kay-kay) Lyles has been named Executive Director of Player Performance, Art Horne Head Athletic Trainer, Mike Roncarati Director of Rehabilitation and Chris Chase Athletic Performance Coach. They join Assistant Athletic Trainer Scottie Parker on the staff. “The health and well-being of our players are a critical component of our ability to succeed,” Budenholzer said. “Our Athletic Performance Team has a wealth of experience working with high-level athletes in injury prevention, treatment and development that will serve us well and keep us strong over the course of a long season.”
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has entered a plea of not guilty in his driving under the influence case, according to his attorney. Budenholzer entered the plea in Fulton County State Court last week in writing with the court and Judge Diane E. Bessen. The court has a scheduled plea and arraignment hearing tomorrow at 9 a.m. With the filing of the plea and two motions, neither Budenholzer nor his attorney Michael Hawkins will attend. The plea and motions were filed with the court on July 22.
Did it come down to you had to choose either Paul or DeMarre? Mike Budenholzer: I don’t know if I would characterize it that you had to choose one or the other. It may just be word play, but ultimately there is not enough for everybody. I think we value DeMarre, and he was a big part of our success. We will miss him. But sometimes you have to make hard decisions. I guess it’s part of the NBA of having a good team and having players who play well and deserve opportunities. I don’t like to think of it as picking one over the other. I like to think of it as sometimes there is not enough for everything that you want.