Mike Budenholzer Rumors
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has recalled forward DeAndre’ Bembry from the Salt Lake City Stars of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Mike Budenholzer.
So the Spurs engineered a draft-night trade, sending George Hill — a steady, productive guard whom the Spurs had drafted and developed and whom Coach Gregg Popovich loved — to the Indiana Pacers for Leonard, whom the Pacers had selected with the 15th overall pick. The impact of the deal would reverberate for years to come. “The draft is always hard,” said Budenholzer, who was an assistant coach with the Spurs at the time. “There’s some uncertainty about how good somebody is or isn’t going to be, and you trade somebody we all felt strongly about in George. But just studying the film and working with everybody — putting their minds together — it felt like a great opportunity for the Spurs.” Budenholzer paused for a half-beat. “Needless to say,” he said, “it’s turned out to be that.”
Hawks small forward Thabo Sefolosha has lost his starting job for one game after being trapped by Atlanta’s Friday traffic and showing up late for a practice. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer says “Friday Atlanta traffic” was the reason Sefolosha was late for the walkthrough before Friday night’s game against Toronto.
On-court words between Dennis Schroder and Dwight Howard led to a defensive breakdown in the Hawks’ loss to the Warriors Monday night. It also led to something much bigger. In addition to the heated exchange between players, Schroder also had words with coach Mike Budenholzer followign the play. Budenholzer the benched Schroder, who played just 3:19 of the second half, in the 119-111 loss. Budenholzer called it a coach’s decision. Schroder said he didn’t understand the discipline and wants a meeting to discuss. Howard said such a conversation would not a bad thing. Several other Hawks players wanted to put the incident behind them and move forward.