There may not be any white smoke emanating from the Bradley Center yet, but at least we now know the Milwaukee Bucks are indeed planning on shuttling coaches into their offices for interviews. Adrian Wojnarowski just dropped the first grouping of candidates:
Sources: Milwaukee embarking on a coaching search with a list of candidates that includes several former head coaches: Steve Clifford, Mike Budenholzer, Monty Williams, David Fizdale and David Blatt. Bucks plan to interview those coaches -- and possibly several more.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 3, 2018
This initial list comprising entirely past NBA head coaches is interesting, albeit not unsurprising given those guys likely have the most traction with Woj’s little birdies (aka agents). Among those candidates, Bucks fans have to be glad to see both David Fizdale and Mike Budenholzer on there, both of whom are two of the top-mentioned candidates among Bucks fandom. Don’t forget to listen to the latest episode of Locked on Bucks for even more coaching chatter.
The other guys that I personally find intriguing are Steve Clifford, who seemed to wear out his welcome in Charlotte despite posting a relatively decent record with subpar talent. His team’s penchant for strong defensive rebounding numbers would be a welcome boon to this Bucks team too. Monty Williams seemed slightly maligned in New Orleans, but has resuscitated his image considerably after several years under Pop in San Antonio. David Blatt has been licking his NBA coaching wounds over in Europe, and while he may have been somewhat unfairly shafted from Cleveland, I can’t say I’d be ecstatic about having his stubborn personality in Milwaukee. That’s a very subjective critique that admittedly doesn’t delve into his coaching chops (He’s played in BIG games before if you didn’t know) but he makes me the least excited of this cropping.
Woj hints at this as just the very start of this process, but now that we know it is finally beginning in earnest, we can sit back and watch the leaked list of candidates slowly roll out. Expect to see several lesser known assistants in articles over the next couple days.