The Atlanta Hawks had already lost one assistant coach when Quin Snyder became the head coach of the Utah Jazz, and some reports suggested that the Hawks could be losing another one in Darvin Ham.
Snyder is now calling the shots and forming his staff in Salt Lake City, and that included a recruitment of Ham — his former co-worker in Atlanta.
Well, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune, Budenholzer won’t need to worry about filling two empty seats next to him on the bench:
Darvin Ham won’t be coming to Utah as an assistant. He will be staying in Atlanta
— Tony Jones (@Tjonessltrib) June 17, 2014
Ham is known for his ferocious attitude when he was a player, and is now renowned for his work with big men — including Dwight Howard when he was on the Lakers.
Ham staying may have come with a promise to fill Snyder’s role as top assistant, but there has been no official statement. His decision to stay in Atlanta is good for building the culture in Atlanta, and is also key to help Al Horford develop down low.
No word has been released on who Budenholzer is looking for to replace his empty assistant spot, but here’s hoping he can poach one of those Spurs’ assistants fresh off of another title.