Mike Budenholzer Rumors
Injuries and illness had a clear impact on Tuesday’s slate of NBA preseason games. And that was just among coaches. New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry missed his team’s game against Atlanta with stomach discomfort, and Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer — already wearing a sling after undergoing surgery on his right hand Monday — left that matchup when Pelicans guard Langston Galloway knocked him over while attempting to save a loose ball. The good news is that neither is expected to miss time when the games start counting for real next week.
“I really couldn’t be happier with how Dwight has integrated himself into our program – his willingness to work [and] his willingness to be open to coaching,” Budenholzer said. “He’s added a lot of positive energy and he’s got a big personality that I think our team has welcomed. It just feels like it’s a great opportunity for us and him. We’re just looking forward to growing together.”
Coach Mike Budenholzer has been impressed with what Hardaway has accomplished since the Hawks season ended in May. Budenholzer sees a renewed confidence but also a stronger, more explosive body and an improved skill set including shooting, passing, reading defenses and decision making. “The most tangible thing is every time I came here, he was here,” Budenholzer said when asked for a particular area of improvement in Hardaway. “He was in the weight room. He was on the court. He was shooting. I think everybody worked hard this summer but I think he and Mike Muscala were the most consistent day in and day out for a majority of the summer.”
On video, the results were positive of Howard consistently hitting mid-range jumpers. Howard has said he doesn’t want to be put in a box as just a traditional center who can only play out of the post. “It’s all about being able to grow and just having confidence,” Howard recently told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Coach (Mike Budenholzer) has total confidence in me shooting the basketball. So, that’s not an issue. I think in the past I’ve started to shoot and then I’ve stopped. I can’t allow missing or anything like that to affect how I play on the floor.”