Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo ‘excited’ to play for Mike Budenholzer

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Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is firmly on board with the team’s decision to hire Mike Budenholzer as head coach.

“He’s a great coach. He was the Coach of the Year in the 2015-2016 season,” the 23-year-old Antetokounmpo said on ESPN’s NBA Draft Combine show Thursday. “We had a great conversation (before Budenholzer was hired and) talked about the game plan. How he views me as a player, how he can help this team. I had a lot of tough questions for him. But it was fun, I’m excited to play for him.”

The Bucks announced on Thursday afternoon that they’d hired Budenholzer as their head coach.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

The club negotiated a four-year deal with Budenholzer’s representative on Wednesday, hours after a breakfast meeting with Antetokounmpo and teammate Khris Middleton, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi.208

Antetokounmpo said on Thursday that the Bucks’ decision to have him meet with Budenholzer before the coach was officially hired “meant a lot.”

“Obviously I’m not the guy that’s going to make the decision,” he added. “We can reverse that, like the front office is not going to tell me how to shoot a jump shot. I do my job; they do their part. But it was great having the conversation with him.”

The Bucks wanted Antetokounmpo and Middleton — especially Antetokounmpo, the franchise star — to have a sense of the prospective next Bucks coach and encouraged the players to sit down with Milwaukee’s preferred candidate before the organization extended a formal offer, league sources said.

In announcing the hire, the Bucks’ owners cited Budenholzer’s ability as a teacher.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

“He’s widely respected and has shown a special ability to teach and develop players,” Bucks owners Wes Edens, Marc Lasry and Jamie Dinan said in a statement. “His leadership, basketball intellect, championship-level experience and communication skills make him the right fit to take our team to the next level.”