In an early Saturday morning #WojFizzle, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer had won a prestigious coaching award for his team’s performance in the 2018-19 season. Behold...the National Basketball Coach’s Association’s 2019 Coach of the Year!
ESPN Sources: Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer voted Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year. https://t.co/pveuB5NmTH— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 13, 2019
Unlike the “official” NBA award, the NBCA award is a simple poll of the league’s 30 active head coaches, where coaches cannot vote for themselves, and is named after Michael H. Goldberg rather than Red Auerbach. The league COTY will likely be announced during the NBA’s award show after the playoffs, and Budenholzer remains a top contender for that award.
Nevertheless, recognition of any kind is appreciated, especially when 29 NBA coaches decided that Coach Bud was most deserving. There are a number of worthy candidates this year (Mike Malone, Kenny Atkinson, Quin Snyder, and Doc Rivers immediately come to mind), but it’s validating to see that Budenholzer’s peers view his team’s success the same way Bucks fans do, and credit him accordingly.
Congrats, Bud! Let this be the first of many accolades for the Bucks’ 2018-19 season.