Mike Budenholzer hurt by East Finals defeat, but says Bucks are just getting started
The Toronto Raptors were able to close out the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Despite the disappointing turn of events, head coach Mike Budenholzer is looking forward to what is to come.
The Bucks had seemingly been on the cusp of greatness, leading Toronto 2-0 and getting ready to make an appearance in the NBA Finals. Then the Raptors managed to storm back by winning four consecutive games. Mike Budenholzer, however, is still optimistic about Milwaukee’s future, via NBA TV:
“We’re just getting started…this is the beginning of our journey.”
It is encouraging to see that Budenholzer is taking an optimistic approach. There is good reason for him to have high hopes considering the tremendous strides the Bucks have made in recent years. Although the East had been up for grabs with the departure of LeBron James, it is safe to say that Milwaukee surpassed expectations when it finished as the No. 1 team in the East this season. The Bucks have officially set the bar high.
The Bucks have a bonafide superstar to build around in Antetokounmpo. While the season may have ended sooner than he liked, he can take solace in the fact that he is pegged as the favorite to be named league MVP. Although he endured his fair share of struggles in the series against Toronto, the 24-year-old is only going to improve with each year.
The pressure is now on the Bucks’ front office to continue providing him a viable supporting cast. Milwaukee has some big decisions to make this offseason with a number of key players on the current roster set to hit the market. The Bucks will need to find a way to avoid any severe turnover if Budenholzer is to keep his word.