The Milwaukee Bucks are close to hiring a head coach.
“According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Milwaukee has made its final selection for head coach.
Milwaukee will choose between former head coach Nick Nurse, Kenny Atkinson (Golden State), and Adrian Griffin (Toronto). Milwaukee will meet with them for the final time this week. The team could finalize the hire as early as this month.
Milwaukee fired head coach Mike Budenholzer after this season. Milwaukee was once again dominant in the regular season. They finished first in the Eastern Conference with a 58-24 record, the highest winning percentage in the league. However, they didn’t even make it past the first round of the playoffs. They lost to the Miami Heat in the play-in tournament, which was a huge embarrassment.
The Heat were the top seed in the East last season, so they couldn’t be counted out, but the Heat lost Tyler Hiro and Victor Oladipo to injury during the series. Milwaukee was no slouch either, with star Yannis Adetokunbo missing all of the games, but the Heat were never able to build a series lead and faltered.
Under Budenholzer, Milwaukee has won one championship in each of the last five seasons. They won 56 or more games three times and topped 50 wins four times. The title came in 2021, when the team failed to reach 50 wins. Despite spending heavily to stay afloat, they’ve only managed one trip to the top. In the playoffs, the limitations were significant.
Milwaukee’s brass acted quickly after their playoff exit. Within days, they fired Budenholzer. They wanted a new coaching regime. Several candidates were considered, including former and current coaches. Former head coaches Doc Rivers, Monty Williams, and Charles Lee (Milwaukee) were among the favorites 토토사이트.
Milwaukee will turn to one of Nunns, Atkinson, and Griffin, all of whom have head coaching experience. Nunns coached the Toronto Raptors until this season, and has head coaching experience in Europe and the G-League. Atkinson was the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, where he developed young players, and Griffin is also a strong candidate.