Mike Budenholzer Rumors
In the aftermath of the flagrant foul, former head of NBA player discipline Stu Jackson said he believed Thomas should receive a one-game suspension. Schroder seemed to feel the same way. “I still feel disrespected (about) what he did,” Schroder told reporters before the league released its decision. “I (had) just scored a basket and tried to go back on defense and he smacked me. It had nothing to do with basketball. “We talked with the referees before the playoffs, and what they told us is what he did to me yesterday is a suspension. I can’t control it. … It is on the (league memo), and Coach (Mike Budenholzer) told us that we can’t do this, we can’t do that, it is going to be a suspension.”
“[Initially] he was kind of [ticked] off at me during the game,” Schroder said of Budenholzer. “But then he apologized. He couldn’t see [the Thomas incident]. “I talked back [to Thomas] and [Budenholzer] didn’t see the situation that happened before,” Schroder continued. “He don’t like that kind of play. He wants me to compete and that I don’t talk back.”
Budenholzer said there are no immediate plan on who will replace Atkinson as lead assistant. Atkinson joins Quin Snyder as lead assistants under Budenholzer to go on to head coaching jobs in the NBA in the past three years. Snyder joined the Jazz two seasons ago.