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Report: Milwaukee adds veteran assistant Chad Forcier to Mike Budenholzer’s staff

Chad Forcier, Mike Budenholzer

The Milwaukee Bucks have hired longtime league assistant Chad Forcier to coach Mike Budenholzer’s staff, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

Forcier spent last season as an assistant under J.B. Bickerstaff with the Memphis Grizzlies. When Memphis, undergoing major changes in the front office, opted against retaining Bickerstaff as head coach at the conclusion of the 2018-19 regular season, Forcier tweeted that he was also parting ways with the Grizzlies.

Before being hired by the Grizzlies, Forcier spent two seasons as an assistant on Frank Vogel’s staff with the Orlando Magic. He’s best known for his lengthy stint serving under Gregg Popovich on the San Antonio Spurs, for whom he worked from 2007 to 2016, winning a championship in 2014. Forcier was previously an assistant with the Indiana Pacers, and got his first NBA coaching opportunity with current Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle and the Detroit Pistons in 2001.

The Bucks are coming off their most successful season in decades. They earned the league’s top playoff seed after winning 60 games, and were the only team in the NBA to rank top-four in both offensive and defensive rating during the regular season. Budenholzer won Coach of the Year for his role in helping Milwaukee reach its potential during his debut campaign, and Giannis Antetokounmpo won MVP after averaging 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game.

The Bucks were eliminated by the eventual-champion Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals after taking the first two games of the series. Though Malcolm Brogdon proved too pricey for ownership to retain, Milwaukee otherwise returns every key contributor from last year’s team.