LThe continuity of Mike Budenholzer at the helm of the Milwaukee Bucks, current NBA champions, is guaranteed after this Tuesday he received a contract extension for three more seasons.
Budenholzer, who was entering the final year of his contract, now joins the Bucks through the 2024-25 season.
Its extension marks three seasons that include a trip to the Eastern Conference finals and a championship win over the Phoenix Suns last July.
“The appreciation I have for being a part of the Bucks organization is difficult to express,” Budenholzer said in a statement. “Players make success happen on and off the court. We have the best players and I am grateful to them. They have grown and we have grown together over the last three seasons.”
Budenholzer noted that the team is ready to be even better when next season begins.
“We are all eager to return to work and face the great challenge of competing again for an NBA Championship … Let us continue to improve and form great teams and do a great job on and off the court,” said the chief technical officer of the team.
Budenholzer, a two-time NBA Coach of the Year, is 31-17 in the playoffs as the Bucks’ top manager, including the 2021 NBA title and travel to the conference finals and semifinals. He is 172-65 overall as the Bucks coach in the regular season.
“Bud is a great coach and a fantastic partner to work with every day as we build a team that constantly competes for championships,” said Bucks general manager Jon Horst. “We are very grateful for the leadership that Bud provides and we look forward to building on the success we have had over the past three years and we congratulate Bud on this well-deserved extension.”
Before coming to Milwaukee in 2018, Budenholzer led the Hawks to the playoffs in four of his five seasons in Atlanta. He had a 213-197 record with the Hawks, in what was his first coaching experience after being the henchman of the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich.