1) Mike Budenholzer knows nothing but success in the NBA
Prior to being named head coach of the Atlanta Hawks this offseason, Mike Budenholzer served as assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs for 17 seasons. He started in 1996; the year Gregg Popovich was named head coach. In his long tenure with the franchise Budenholzer helped the team to four championships and fifteen 50-win seasons. He witnessed the entirety of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobli and Tony Parker’s respective careers. Most importantly is that he knows, firsthand, what it takes to get to the promised land. He knows what it takes to get a team to act as one cohesive unit, where any player truly would sacrifice his stats if he knew it would make the team better.
The loyalty that Budenholzer displayed by staying in San Antonio for 17 seasons is almost inconceivable in today’s individualistic world. Instead of fleeing the franchise to be a head coach elsewhere (like former Popovich assistants Mike Brown and P.J. Carlisimo), Budenholzer stuck with the team. He waited until he was truly ready for the challenges of being a head coach and it is for that reason that he will be prosperous. Mike Budenholzer breathes success and there is no reason to expect that to falter for even a season.