Ben Sullivan Rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Ben Sullivan has agreed to a deal to join Ime Udoka’s new coaching staff with the Boston Celtics, sources tell ESPN. Sullivan is another in a long line of well-regarded Mike Budenholzer assistants.
“We’ve talked a bunch,” he said of Antetokounmpo. “But I try to talk with (Bucks assistant) Ben Sullivan, who’s our shooting coach, because the worst thing you can do to a guy is have multiple voices in their ear. But I certainly want to help. That was a big part of me wanting to come here or part of it. “They weren’t asking me to work with Giannis. It was just that, for me, I think about these things all the time. And I feel like there’s room where I can hopefully be a helpful voice, so I’ll try. I’ll try to find the right spots, but you can’t have too many voices on anything — let alone shooting. Especially shooting. But he’s getting better.”
Now, Antetokounmpo indulges after morning shootaround. The Greek Freak drives from the Bucks’ downtown practice facility to his home in River Hills, 15 minutes north. He tucks into his custom-sized bed at 1 p.m. and doesn’t emerge until 3:45. “If I don’t take a nap, I can’t play,” he says. Once he’s recharged, Antetokounmpo departs for the arena by 4 p.m., allowing himself 30 minutes to stretch and do some soft tissue work with Laura Tietjen, his physical therapist. Then it’s time to hit the court for warm-ups, at 4:50. Assistant coach Ben Sullivan is already waiting to put Antetokounmpo through his carefully scripted shooting routine. When Antetokounmpo appears on the hardwood — usually in a skin-tight white tank top, orange shoes and sweatshorts — the two men don’t speak.
Matt Velazquez: Per source, Mike Budenholzer’s Bucks coaching staff will include five members of his Atlanta staff — Darvin Ham, Taylor Jenkins, Ben Sullivan, Patrick St. Andrews and Charles Lee — as well as Sean Sweeney, who has been on the Bucks’ coaching staff since 2014. Story coming.