As Charania also reported, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer is safe, but the questions surrounding his team’s postseason collapse will remain at the forefront.
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As for head coach Mike Budenholzer, he is safe, according to sources. This much is certain, though: Across the Bucks‘ leadership group, there’s an understanding everyone must learn from this season and be better. They need to continue building a winning mentality, stocking the roster with key decision-makers.
“I don’t understand all the Bud hate,” the Eastern Conference general manager told HoopsHype. “They were underachieving with Jason Kidd. Bud gets there, and then they become the NBA’s best team in the regular season. I get where people say he doesn’t adjust in the playoffs. They were up 2-0 on the champs last year before losing.”
Budenholzer has now lost eight out of nine playoff games against teams with winning records. As this series played out, coaches, scouts and executives around the league hit on the same point: The Raptors and Heat simply asked more questions than the Bucks could answer, and Budenholzer refused to pivot. “In the NBA, you have to have the ability to build foundation and build habits and build fundamentals, which Milwaukee does,” an NBA assistant coach said. “But you have to have versatility and different gears you can get to as part of your fundamentals to beat good teams. “I don’t think Milwaukee has that, and Bud never did that in Atlanta either. It’s always been, ‘We do what we do.'”
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September 30, 2020 | 8:54 pm EDT Update
Rick Bonnell: Silver on NBA free agency: Says salary cap and tax numbers would plummet for next season if they reflected loss in revenue. Says that would cause “havoc.” (Translation: Numbers will be higher than that, but players need to have realistic expectations to reach an agreement).
Chris Mannix: Silver says he believes potential labor issues can be resolved with the union before next season. Describes relationship with the players union as “constructive.” Admits there will be “difficult negotiations” ahead, but expects them to get resolved.
Mark Medina: Adam Silver: “Based on everything I’ve ready, there is no chance there will be a vaccine” by next season. Silver said that he thinks the rapid testing and safety protocols could still allow fans in limited capacity into arenas. But again all fluid
Jared Weiss: Silver says the draft date has been essentially locked in, though there is a small chance something could change if unforeseen events occur. There will be a guidance to come on how to set the cap and tax at some point ahead of the draft.
Mark Medina: Adam Silver on having NBA’s teams having only four Black coaches: “I don’t see a way to operate where the league office is dictating to a team who they should or shouldn’t hire or fire.” Silver added, “having said that, I know we can do better.”
Melissa Rohlin: Adam Silver said he understands that some people look at sports as a respite from politics, but added these were special circumstances and it was the right thing to do to have social justice messages on jerseys.
September 30, 2020 | 8:42 pm EDT Update
Brad Townsend: Silver, asked for a realistic start date for next season: “I’ve said previously that the earliest we would start at this point is Christmas, but it may come and go. I’ve also said the greater likelihood is we’ll start in January.” Says players need a physical and mental break.
Marc J. Spears: Adam Silver says “it’s not clear what’s going to happen with the Olympics.” Silver adds “basic protocol” to fight against the coronavirus with wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, washing hands and cleanliness is working.
Joe Vardon: NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league is “learning more about our television audience,” and that “fewer people are watching in the summer.” He was talking about when a season should start and end. #NBAFinals