Bucks Reportedly Hire Adrian Griffin As Head Coach After Giannis’ Endorsement

Bucks Reportedly Hire Adrian Griffin As Head Coach After Giannis’ Endorsement

Joel Reyes
May 28, 2023 at 7:19 AM
  • The Milwaukee Bucks have reportedly hired Adrian Griffin to be their next head coach
  • Griffin served as an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors for four years
  • He will replace Mike Budenholzer, who was dismissed after the Bucks’ early playoff exit

The Milwaukee Bucks have found their man.

They reportedly are hiring Adrian Griffin as their next head coach.

The Bucks landed on the Toronto Raptors assistant as their choice on Saturday morning and started negotiations on a multiyear contract.

Adrian Griffin, Milwaukee Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mike Budenholzer, NBA, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Nick Nurse
Adrian Griffin and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Images: Ashley Landis-Pool/ Megan Briggs
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Sources told ESPN that the Bucks’ owners and general manager Jon Horst were sold on the 48-year-old’s character and leadership presence.

His reputation as a high-level defensive coach also was a major factor in the Bucks’ decision to hire him.

Griffin to replace Budenholzer

Griffin has big shoes to fill as he will replace Mike Budenholzer, the man who led Milwaukee to the championship in 2021.

Budenholzer was sacked after coaching the Bucks for five years following their shocking loss to the Miami Heat in the first round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs.

The pressure is on Griffin to deliver another title to Milwaukee with two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo still in his prime.

Griffin beat out former Raptors coach Nick Nurse and Golden State Warriors associate head coach Kenny Atkinson to land the Bucks’ head coaching position.

All three finalists for the top job met with the 'Greek Freak' as part of the search process.

Griffin's coaching experience

Griffin finally gets his first head-coaching job in the NBA. He spent four years with the Raptors as Nurse’s top assistant and was tasked to oversee Toronto’s defensive schemes.

Griffin developed his defensive system under head coaches Nurse, Tom Thibodeau, Billy Donovan, and Scott Skiles.

Griffin and Horst go way back. Horst was already in Milwaukee’s front office when Griffin started his coaching career with the Bucks in 2008.

He also served as an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, and Chicago Bulls before moving to the Raptors.

Griffin was an NBA player for parts of nine seasons, including stints in Chicago, Houston, Seattle, Boston, and Dallas.

He started eight games in the postseason during Dallas’ run to the NBA Finals in 2006.

Griffin was also voted the Most Valuable Player in both the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) and United States Basketball League (USBL).

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