Charles Lee Rumors
Charles Lee: Lee, 35, is considered one of the top young assistants in the NBA. He’s worked six years with Budenholzer in Atlanta and Milwaukee and took on more responsibility with the Bucks when Taylor Jenkins left for the Memphis head coaching job in 2019. Lee has played an integral part in the Bucks’ opponent scouting and player development. He works closely with Khris Middleton, who has earned consecutive All-Star selections. “He’s talented and has a very good presence about him,” an Eastern Conference scout told The Athletic about Lee. “He can relate to all walks of life and different backgrounds of people.”
Two assistant coaching candidates under consideration for Van Gundy’s staff are Ime Udoka and Charles Lee, league sources told HoopsHype. Udoka spent seven seasons as a Spurs assistant before joining the 76ers as an assistant coach last season. Lee has worked alongside Mike Budenholzer as an assistant dating back to the 2014-15 season with the Hawks and followed him to the Bucks.
San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon and former Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger are among more than a dozen candidates who are expected to participate in a first round of virtual interviews for the Indiana Pacers coaching job, sources told ESPN. The Pacers are embarking on a wide-ranging search that has included seeking permission to speak to several assistant coaches in the league, including the Spurs’ Hammon and Will Hardy, Miami’s Dan Craig and Chris Quinn, Dallas’ Jamahl Mosley and Stephen Silas, Milwaukee’s Darvin Ham and Charles Lee, Orlando’s Pat Delany, Minnesota’s David Vanterpool, Philadelphia’s Ime Udoka, Brooklyn’s Jacque Vaughn and Portland’s Nate Tibbetts.
Eric Nehm: James Ennis and Marvin Williams mix it up after a defensive rebound. Ennis pushed Williams twice. Williams pushed him back. And then they tie each other up. Bucks assistants Charles Lee and Darvin Ham get into the middle of it.
Few assistant coaches saw a bigger season-to-season jump in our informal poll than Charles Lee, 35, who’s in his sixth season working under Mike Budenholzer in Atlanta and now Milwaukee. Fans of Lee, who played professionally overseas before spending a couple of years as an equity trader on Wall Street, tout him as a five-tool coach who is every bit as comfortable having meaningful conversations with a backup point guard as he is dining with a team owner. Those who have worked with him say he has an intuitive sense of how to inspire improvement from players but also understands high-level strategy and the preparation required to implement it. He is, in the words of one peer, someone who is “categorically going to be an NBA head coach.”
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.