Jan 25, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) talks with assistant coach Mike Budenholzer during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. Budenholzer was the acting head coach for the game. The Spurs beat the Mavs 113-107. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
This should not be any kind of breaking news for anyone. San Antonio Spurs long time assistant, Mike Budenholzer is among some of the top candidates for the vacant head coaching job for the Los Angeles Clippers.
According to the LA Times, the Los Angeles Clippers and Vinny Del Negro have agreed to part ways with one another as his contract has expired and the Clippers would not be offering him an extension. When he [Del Negro] took over the team in the 2010-2011 season, he inherited a 29-win team. He had a rookie named Blake Griffen and they then nabbed Chris Paul the following season and saw their wins up to 40. This season, the team reached another milestone in wins, notching 56. With a early first round exit in this years playoffs, you would think it was a decision maker for the Clippers front office.
Budenholzer joins, Byron Scott, Golden State Assistant Mike Malone, Alvin Gentry and Indiana Assistant Brian Shaw on the list of possible candidates.
This is surely a chance for Budenholzer to go out and make a bigger name for himself. He has stuck alongside Gregg Popovich and surely he would be a shoe-in if and when Popovich does retire. The question is would he be willing to wait for that chance. Our friends over at Project Spurs and former editor of Air Alamo Quixem Ramirez feels that he should take the chance.
The pieces are there and they will likely be in contention next season. Budenholzer is comfortable in San Antonio, and he should be, but positions like this don’t come around often. He should jump at this chance.
Surely the fans are not going to want to hear about this. So, our question to you is, should he stay or should he go?