As the news broke today of Mike Budenholzer being named the Atlanta Hawks new Head Coach, many were wondering how he felt of the move and what he had to say about San Antonio, a place where he has been apart of for 19 years. Budenholzer talked with Dan McCarney of Spurs Nation and here is what he had to say about, first, San Antonio.
“I have been extremely fortunate to be a part of the San Antonio Spurs organization for the last 19 years,” Budenholzer said via statement. “I knew it would have to be a tremendous situation for me to leave and clearly coming to Atlanta…is perfect for me.”
He then goes on to talk about the opportunity that is in front of him and that this was something that he could not pass.
“Ownership’s commitment to taking this organization to the next level and creating a unique and special culture, partnering with a general manager like Danny Ferry who I have great respect for, and building a roster that has terrific potential because of the existing core and the ensuing flexibility presents a rare and uniquely positive opportunity.”
As stated, Budenholzer will remain with the San Antonio Spurs through the finals which begin on June 6th.
What about his mentor Gregg Popovich. The man of little words stated his appreciation for Budenholzer and of course, wishes him nothing but the best.
“I couldn’t be happier for Mike for many reasons,” Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said. “I will miss him a great deal both professionally and personally and am confidence he and Danny will make a great team as the future unfolds.”