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Gregg Popovich says Mike Budenholzer ‘cuts through all the BS’

Mike Budenholzer, Gregg Popovich

Milwaukee Bucks new head coach Mike Budenholzer has learned a thing or two during his tenure under Gregg Popovich, a period which has prepared him to be not only one of the most coveted talents in his profession this offseason, but also given him the insight to see the big picture.

The 48-year-old helmsman chatted with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski in his podcast and shed a little light into what life with Pop is really like.

“He cuts through all the bulls**t,” said Budenholzer tangibly. “If [a scouting report] you’re writing is full of BS, he’ll stop reading it. It teaches you mentally how to figure out what’s important and what’s not.”

Budenholzer landed the best available coaching job in the league, passing on interest from the New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns (and likely many others) to take the Bucks after two separate interviews, the latter of the two a breakfast with Giannis Antetokounmpo and budding star Khris Middleton.

Popovich’s pupils have been known to do remarkably well in the coaching business, with the likes of Brett Brown and Budenholzer thriving during their short time as head coaches in the league.

Another one of Pop’s former assistants, James Borrego landed a job with the Charlotte Hornets, who later brought along veteran point guard Tony Parker over a two-year deal.

It’s likely Popovich still carries that “no BS” attitude to this day, which has made him ultimately frustrated with the issues the franchise has with Kawhi Leonard — as unlikely of a distraction that the club has seen throughout a two-decade run of pristine excellence.