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Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo met with Mike Budenholzer today

Mike Budenholzer, Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Milwaukee Bucks held a second interview for coaching prospect Mike Budenholzer, which apparently included a breakfast with franchise star Giannis Antetokounmpo, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe.

Antetokounmpo’s appearance makes all the sense in the world, as his comfort level is the primary concern of the franchise after signing a four-year, $100 million extension in 2017.

Whoever winds up hired by the Bucks will have to have an excellent rapport with The Greek Freak in hopes to take this team to the next level and tap into the full extent of his potential.

Most coaching decisions made this season are based on the chemistry between coach and star player, as firings like David Fizdale’s from the Memphis Grizzlies have been centered on rifts between coach and player.

Budenholzer is seen as the prime target for any team this postseason, based on a successful five seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, including a 60-win season in his second year as a coach.

Coming off a long line of Gregg Popovich understudies, Budenholzer is a defensive-minded coach with a solid pedigree and a reputation for putting systems in place and executing them firmly — which will play a part into if his ideals line up with Antetokounmpo’s over the course of the season.

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