Mike Budenholzer Rumors
Joe Vardon: No Giannis tonight for shorthanded Bucks in Cleveland. Meanwhile, Coach Bud said Nikola Mirotic would be back ahead of a 2-4 week timeline, and was not concerned about his availability for the start of the playoffs
Matt Velazquez: Mike Budenholzer hasn’t decided on starters yet but expects Tim Frazier to play tonight. Bud also said he thinks Sterling Brown is getting really close to returning from his right wrist injury. Played 5 on 5 today and Bud hopes to get him back around the end of the week.
Eric Nehm: Before the game, @Matt Velazquez asked Bud about George Hill and Sterling Brown. He said they are both progressing. On Hill: “With George, I do think there is a good chance we see him on this road trip. We’ll see how the next couple days go.”
“Quite honestly, I’ve fired people in our organization because they can’t get excited about working for a franchise that has a brand new arena (the Fiserv Forum opened in downtown Milwaukee this season), a brand new practice facility, Giannis Antetokounmpo as a superstar, Mike Budenholzer as a head coach and the ownership that we have (Marc Lasry and Wes Edens led the group that bought the Bucks for $550 million in April 2014). And I say, ‘If you can’t get excited, and wake up in the morning to be part of that, then you don’t belong.’ That’s from a staffing perspective, and a player perspective, on down. That’s the culture. That’s the filter that we’ve tried to establish.”