The Milwaukee Bucks are searching for a new coach after firing Mike Budenholzer on Thursday.
Budenholzer coached five years with the Bucks, compiling a 271-120 regular season record, winning 69.3 percent of his games. He won the NBA Coach of the Year Award in 2019. The Bucks held a 39-26 record in the playoffs during Budenholzer’s tenure, a 60.0 percent postseason winning percentage. Budenholzer led Milwaukee to the 2021 NBA Championship.
Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the move.
“Folks out here firing championship coaches as soon as they don’t win the chip,” Lillard tweeted.
The decision to fire Budenholzer appears sudden, especially given the Bucks’ success over the years. Days after the series ended, it was revealed that Budenholzer’s brother died in a car accident as the playoffs were underway, making the decision to fire the coach that much more bizarre.