HoopsHype Mike Budenholzer rumors

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By signing just a two-year deal last year, Millsap is destined for free agency according to the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. He can still re-sign with the Hawks but there will definitely be competition. “We want to keep him,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “He is someone who is really important to us. He fits us very well. We’ve communicated that with him on a regular basis.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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His circumstances are unusual, but Budenholzer joins the likes of the Los Angeles Clippers’ Doc Rivers, Minnesota’s Flip Saunders, Detroit’s Stan Van Gundy and of course San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich in holding added clout beyond their work on the court. Until Rivers beefed up his role last year when he moved from Boston to L.A., Popovich was more of an exception. Most teams in recent years preferred to separate the powers, believing that a coach focuses on tonight (win the game) while a front-office exec thinks about tomorrow, next season and several years after that. So is this the start of a new trend? A pendulum swing? “I don’t know, those pendulums seem like they’re always swinging,” Budenholzer said Thursday in Chicago, in town for the annual NBA coaches meetings. “There are a couple of people who have done that, and obviously Pop’s been doing that for a long time, with R.C. [Buford, Spurs GM to Popovich's president title] doing a ton. Those two together have been just an amazing combination. So I don’t know.” NBA.com

Just as Popovich has “nurtured” Buford to work in concert on personnel matter, Saunders, Rivers and Van Gundy also have titular GMs or other execs to tackle salary caps, administer scouting and handle other chores that would pull them away from player development and game preparation. “The best thing about it is,” Saunders said, “I believe in most organizations when you have a falling out, the tendency is there’s a relationship that is lost between the coach and the owner. Because maybe they don’t all have the same agenda from management to the coaching staff. Well, when somebody is your coach and your president or GM, he’s going to talk to the owner. So there’s never going to be a disconnect on what the message is.” NBA.com

“In my case, I’m not looking to do that. I love my owner [Mark Cuban] and I love my GM [Donnie Nelson] — my GM and I go back 30 years as friends,” Carlisle said. “I want to concentrate on my craft. But I applaud these other guys for taking on the other responsibility. “If you get a great coach like Gregg Popovich or Doc Rivers or Stan Van Gundy and you have the opportunity to meld those two positions into one guy who is high-quality in so many areas, if you’re an owner, you should go for that. More than anything, it’s pointing to the vortex of the connection between the coach and GM. The fact that some owners are looking at this and saying, ‘These two jobs should be one and the same’ highlights the importance of coaching.” NBA.com

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“Losing Al Horford early was obviously tough and then on top of that, with four or five players at a time missing big blocks of games during the second half of the season, our group certainly is frustrated,” Ferry said Saturday. “We are on a good path right now. We are very well-coached; when healthy we were a very good team that played with a substance and a clear system-based identity that I really like. “Being the eighth seed in a playoffs is not ever going to be our goal. We want more than that as a team. Our group will keep focusing on finding ways to get better every day. Again, (coach Mike Budenholzer), our players, (co-owner) Bruce (Levenson), we are all going to do good things going forward.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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"It's just a different style of play," Horford said. "Before, we were running a lot, pretty much running all over the play, pretty free, tempo, running the break. With Bud, we can run, but he wants us to be more organized about it. To me, it's taking time knowing where I can run the floor hard, or when I'm supposed to be back, because I'm the second big. Offensively, it's taking me time to get adjusted to that, making sure I'm running in my lane. He wants the guards to be out wide, and if they're out wide, we can kind of attack that way. So that's something that it's taking time for me to adjust to." NBA.com

October 17, 2013 Updates

The DUI case against Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer was bound over to the Fulton County State Court at the request of the City of Atlanta’s Solicitor’s office. A future court date will be set at a later time. The motion to have the case moved was filed before Judge Christopher E. Ward in Atlanta Municipal Court Thursday. Budenholzer was not required, nor did he attend, the initial hearing in the case. Budenholzer’s attorney Michael Hawkins appeared at the hearing. According to Hawkins, the defense requested police reports and video from Budenholzer’s arrest and the prosecution made its request for a change of venue. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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"Pop and [GM] R.C. [Buford] create a very inclusive and collaborative environment that allows anyone from the front office and coaching staff to truly look under the hood and understand why decisions are made," Ferry said. "Mike's been a part of that, and that's an environment I want in Atlanta. It's really hard to find a first-time head coach, or any coach, who has the understanding of the process of building a team long-term and short-term and also has a system-based approach as to how he wants a team to play. Along with having a clear vision of how he wants a team to play, Mike has a very strong understanding of the CBA and player development and all the facets that make up big-picture thinking for a team." SI.com

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Hawks general manager Danny Ferry says that he hasn't lost confidence in first-year coach Mike Budenholzer with training camp beginning next week. Ferry anguished when Budenholzer, an assistant in San Antonio the last 19 years, was arrested last month on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. But Ferry says Budenholzer's legal issue is taking its course and won't affect the Hawks as they open camp Tuesday in Athens at the University of Georgia. "It's an important issue, and it's one that I respect," Ferry said. "I also respect that there's a legal process going on. As I said, I'll support Bud as he goes through the whole thing." USA Today Sports

August 31, 2013 Updates

A court date of Oct. 15 was set for Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer following his arrest and charge of driving under the influence Wednesday. The case is scheduled to be heard at 8 a.m. The court appearance is scheduled during training camp for the Hawks’ 2013-14 season, the first for Budenholzer after his hire in May. The Hawks are only scheduled to practice between exhibition games on Oct. 15. The regular-season opener is Oct. 30 at the Mavericks. Budenholzer was stopped by a trooper at 10:30 p.m. on 10th Street at Crescent Avenue in Midtown because the Audi A8 he was driving did not have working tail lights. He took three of four field sobriety tests but declined a preliminary breath test after his arrest at the scene, according to the incident report. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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