It looks like the future of coach Mike Budenholzer will lie heavily on how the Milwaukee Bucks respond to their series deficit against the Brooklyn Nets. According to reports, coach Bud could get the ax depending on how the Bucks perform in the rest of their second-round series.
In a recent appearance on ESPN's Sportscenter, NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski revealed that Budenholzer's future now “rides on how the Bucks respond” after going down 2-0 in the series against the Nets:
This does not as a complete surprise considering how the Bucks have been unable to meet the lofty expectations many have on this team. Despite the fact that Giannis Antetokounmpo has won back-to-back MVP titles, Milwaukee has been unable to get out of the Eastern Conference. Coach Bud has done a great job with the Bucks, but it looks like the team's lack of success is catching up to him.
It is also worth noting that Milwaukee signed Giannis to a record-breaking supermax deal in the offseason. This team clearly has a win-now mentality, and if Budenholzer is unable to deliver, then perhaps his time as the Bucks' head coach has come.
The fact that they're facing off against the mighty Nets in the second round clearly isn't doing the Bucks and coach Bud any favors. At this point, it would probably be safe to say that Milwaukee will get a new coach next season if they end up being swept by Kevin Durant and Co in the series.