Warriors to talk to Spurs’ Budenholzer

According to Mercury News, coach Gregg Popovich’s long time assistant Mike Budenholzer will interview with the Golden State Warriors.

Spurs' assistant coach Mike Budenholzer

Though he insisted one month ago that he prefers to remain on coach Popovich’s staff, it appears Spurs’ assistant coach  Budenholzer will talk with the Golden State Warriors about their head coach position.

Spurs general manager R.C. Buford confirmed Tuesday the Warriors had sought and been given permission to speak to Budenholzer about the job vacated when Keith Smart was dismissed after the regular season.

According to a team source, co-owner Joe Lacob is flying to San Antonio on Wednesday to interview Budenholzer.

Lacob, who was present for the Warriors’ predraft workout Tuesday at the team facility, didn’t make himself available to the media and has declined to reveal the names of candidates. But if Lacob’s trip to San Antonio suggests anything, it’s that Budenholzer is being seriously considered.

Budenholzer joins Boston assistant Lawrence Frank, Dallas assistant Dwane Casey, ESPN analyst Mark Jackson and former Houston coach Rick Adelman as confirmed finalists.

“We’re really not sure yet,” Lacob said last week when asked about the timetable to hire a coach. “There’s more time required, more interviews. This is probably the single most important hire that we will make in the near-term. This is the guy that determines whether the team wins or loses, to a large extent.”

At least four other candidates have been taken out of the mix. Former Cleveland coach Mike Brown was hired by the Los Angeles Lakers. Kevin McHale, who also was interviewed by the Warriors, is going to Houston. Lakers assistants Brian Shaw and Chuck Person, according to the source, didn’t survive the first.

Budenholzer probably is the Spurs’ best assistant coach, should he decide to leave San Antonio for Golden State, it will definitely leave a huge gap on the Spurs’ coaching staff. 

Hopefully we will choose to stay with the Spurs. But it will be up to him, whatever happens, the Spurs will surely appreciate his great contributions to the organization.


8 thoughts on “Warriors to talk to Spurs’ Budenholzer

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  2. Robby

    Can you imagine how the Lakers’ Brian Shaw will feel if Mike Budenholzer gets that position having been shut out also with regard to the Rockets’ position that was given to McHale ? Shaw interviewed for both positions and was considered in some circles as the ‘ heir apparent’ to Phil Jackson . Brian Shaw has become the NBA coaches’ answer to comedian Rodney Dangerfield . He can’t get no love or respect from anyone within the NBA at all.

    tophatal …………

    • I’m pretty sure Shaw will be depressed for a while when that happens. I’m hoping that coach Bud will decide to stick in San Antonio.

      I believe he can replace coach Pop eventually. Thanks for all your support comments and reads.

      • Robby

        I’m not saying that the depth of the coaching is bad in the NBA but when you now realize that with the loss of Phil Jackson the only other active coach in the league to have won an NBA title is Doc Rivers it kind of makes you feel depressed somewhat doesn’t it ?

        Shaw may well get his chance but the vacancies have begun to thin out and I don’t believe that he simply wants to remain an assistant .

        tophatal ……………

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