The Milwaukee Bucks have a new head coach.
“According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Milwaukee Bucks have hired Adrian Griffin as their new head coach.
Griffin was a longtime assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors until this season. In Toronto, he assisted head coach Nick Nurse and helped lead the franchise to its first championship in franchise history.
Milwaukee considered Nurse, Griffin, and Kenny Atkinson (Golden State) as finalists for the job. After much deliberation, the team decided to give Griffin the reins. In the process of selecting a head coach, it was confirmed that Yannis Adetokunbo had the support of the organization. 메이저놀이터
Not only did the leading candidates meet with Adetokunbo, but Khris Middleton joined them for dinner. Middleton’s presence at the table suggests that he is expected to stay this summer. The former Knicks head coach, on the other hand, has been confirmed to have withdrawn from the process. The details of the situation are unclear, but it’s believed that he didn’t want to end his tenure as Milwaukee’s head coach.
Milwaukee chose Griffin over Atkinson in the wake of Nunn’s departure. Griffin became Milwaukee’s head coach and is reportedly in talks with Adetokunbo over contract terms. An official contract is expected to be announced soon. He will be returning to the Milwaukee coaching staff for the first time since 2010.
Griffin went straight into coaching in the NBA after hanging up his basketball in 2008. He joins Milwaukee’s coaching staff. Prior to his two seasons in Milwaukee, Griffin spent five seasons with the Chicago Bulls, two seasons with the Orlando Magic, and two seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has been in Toronto since 2018, assisting former head coach Dwane Casey and former head coach of the Knicks.
Milwaukee fired head coach Mike Budenholzer after this season. The team had the highest winning percentage in the league but was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. They were expected to challenge for a championship, but lost to the Miami Heat in the play-in tournament. Became the first No. 1 seed to lose since the tournament was implemented. Following the elimination, Milwaukee fired head coach Budenholzer.