Amen Thompson Oct 10, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Detailed view of a NBA Wilson basketball on the court of Ball Arena during the game between the Phoenix Suns against the Denver Nuggets. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Giannis Antetokounmpo made it clear that, despite losing in the first round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs, the Milwaukee Bucks’ season was not a failure.

However, it appears that the organization’s leadership disagrees with him.

Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bucks fired head coach Mike Budenholzer on Thursday.

The Bucks finished the regular season with a 58-24 record, which made them the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference heading into the playoffs. However, the team was shocked by the 8-seed Miami Heat in the first round in a very disappointing finish to the year.

Budenholzer’s decision-making in the series came with some serious questions as the Bucks lost double-digit leads in both Games 4 and 5. His decision not to use timeouts during the final possessions of Game 5’s fourth quarter and overtime period was highly criticized.

Budenholzer was head coach of the Bucks for five seasons and led them to the 2021 NBA Finals where they won their first championship in 50 years. The Bucks made the playoffs in all five seasons he was at the helm, moving past the first round every season except this one.

“The decision to make this change was very difficult,” said Bucks general manager Jon Horst in a statement. “Bud helped lead our team for five incredible seasons, to the Bucks’ first title in 50 years, and into an era of sustained success. We are grateful for the culture of winning and leadership that Bud helped create in Milwaukee.”

The news that Milwaukee had decided to part ways with its most successful head coach in decades sent shockwaves through the NBA world.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to