Budenholzer Staying Means Bucks Trust Him Changing, Should They?
Yesterday, it was reported that Mike Budenholzer will likely be staying on as Milwaukee Bucks head coach. The news did not come as a surprise to most people. Despite the frustration with Bucks fans, Budenholzer staying is likely the right move for the team. Unless they believed in Charles Lee or Darvin Ham, it would not make sense to shake things up right before Giannis Antetokounmpo’s impending free agency. The assumption is that Bucks’ front office briefed Giannis on this and he agreed to have Bud back for another year. The question becomes will Budenholzer make the changes to put his team over the top? That is the question that is still unknown.
It is clear that Budenholzer’s system is not going to win a championship. He needs to pulse-up whatever he is doing right now. Look at what Toronto and Boston are doing on both sides of the ball. Understand things that Miami is doing at the moment. Try to take things from others and make it your own. The first real sign of if change occurs is if the Bucks implement more switching off the bat. The next would be more pick-and-rolls with Giannis and not relying on Giannis to do everything. Milwaukee is a fan-fucking-tastic transition team, but they need to figure out their halfcourt offense. It has been a problem in the last two playoffs.
Budenholzer will likely have new players on the roster. Milwaukee cannot keep with the same core they had this season. They need to find players that are playoff-ready and fit in with Giannis. That’s the most important part. It is not about if they fit into Bud’s system any longer, rather, do they fit in with Antetokounmmpo? Despite Giannis’ friendship with Eric Bledsoe, reports are out already too that Bledsoe is expected to be shopped this offseason. Look for him to be the key piece of any deal that Milwaukee tries to make.
This is the right move. I get we were all mad about Bud and for good reason. But to make a move now at coach could alter Giannis’ future more than any of us think.