Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk on Thursday described coach Mike Budenholzer’s exit as ”harmonious” and ”as mutual as parting can be.”
Schlenk also said the decision Womens Paul Byron Jersey , finalized and announced late Wednesday , came after many discussions with Budenholzer and was not based on just one factor.
”It’s not one thing,” Schlenk said. ”It was just the course of several conversations we just felt like this was best for him and his career and the right time for the Hawks for where we are.”
Added Schlenk: ”It was kind of we felt the right time for both of us to go separate directions. It wasn’t negative on either side. It was just time for both of us to move forward.”
Budenholzer helped to pave his path out of Atlanta by expressing interest in coaching other teams.
Schlenk said he still believed at the end of the season, when the Hawks finished with the worst record in the Eastern Conference, that Budenholzer would remain the team’s coach. Then Budenholzer received permission to interview with the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks .
Budenholzer withdrew his name from consideration with the Suns and remains a candidate with the Knicks.
With Budenholzer seeking employment from at least two other teams, it was increasingly difficult for the Hawks to serve as the coach’s safety net.
The Hawks, with the blessing of majority owner Tony Ressler, finally decided it was best to find a new coach. The decision came even though ending the relationship with Budenholzer, who had two years remaining on his contract, ended the team’s chance to receive compensation if he is hired by another team.
”Obviously Tony is involved in all the decisions http://www.officialbluejackets.com/authentic-adidas-david-savard-jersey ,” Schlenk said. ”We made the decision that was best for us instead of waiting and seeing what might happen. But certainly we had his blessing.”
Schlenk said he will look for a new coach who can work with a young, rebuilding team.
”One of the things that’s most important is having a coach who’s going to connect with our young players, continue to develop our young players, so that’s going to be a big part of it,” he said.
Budenholzer was 213-192 in the regular season and 17-22 in the playoffs in five seasons with Atlanta. The Hawks were an Eastern Conference-worst 24-58 this season, ending the team’s streak of 10 consecutive playoff appearances.
The high point in Budenholzer’s five years with the Hawks came in the 2014-15 season, when the Hawks set a franchise record with 60 wins. He was named NBA coach of the year after the Hawks’ first appearance in the Eastern Conference finals.
Budenholzer was given more authority with the title of president of basketball operations, but he gave up that position when Schlenk was hired as general manager in 2017. Schlenk said the two maintained a positive relationship.
Schlenk said he already had a list of potential candidates to replace Budenholzer and will consider candidates with experience as a head coach or just as an assistant.
Schlenk said he hopes to have the new coach hired before the NBA draft on June 21, and ”ideally” before the team conducts workouts with draft prospects.
The Hawks have a chance to obtain the No. 1 overall pick when the NBA draft lottery is held on May 15 in Chicago. Barring a trade, Atlanta will have three first-round picks. Schlenk said he would like for the new coach to have input on those draft decisions.
Schlenk said Budenholzer’s exit won’t change the team’s rebuilding effort .
”We’re going to continue to develop our young players Kyle Connor Jersey ,” he said. ”We’re going to continue to develop through the draft. We’re going to continue to look to gather assets and maintain our financial flexibility. This doesn’t change our plan at all.”
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck waited impatiently in the Indianapolis Colts locker room Sunday.
As he contemplated his first regular-season start in more than 20 months, Luck reflected on his excruciatingly long journey back from shoulder surgery, the things he wanted to show in the opener and, of course, leading his team to victory.
Then realty hit. Indy’s first scoring chance ended when Luck’s first official pass was picked off.
He threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns, but his chance to rally the Colts to a victory ended when the Bengals returned a fumble 83 yards for a touchdown in the final minute.
“It hurts that we didn’t win, it hurts that we didn’t win at home,” Luck said following a 34-23 loss to the Bengals. “It crushes all of us. But what are we going to do? We’re going to get back to work.”
The next chapter comes on the road where the Colts visit Washington and Super Bowl champion Philadelphia over the next two weeks.
If Luck continues to perform as he did Sunday and continues to improve as he did throughout the preseason, the Colts know they will be in good hands.
By most measures, Luck quickly returned to his pre-injury form following the interception.
He threw only four more errant passes in the first half while finishing 39 of 53 with 319 yards and two touchdowns. He staked the Colts to a 23-10 lead midway through the third quarter and nearly rallied them in the final four minutes with a 50-yard drive.
The rave reviews came from all corners — players Joel Eriksson Ek Jersey , coaches, even opponents who didn’t need to review the game tape before making an assessment.
“You’re back,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he told Luck after the game.
New Colts coach Frank Reich was impressed with his first full-time look at his starting quarterback.
“I thought his accuracy was good, I thought he was poised, I mean it was fun seeing him four quarters,” Reich said. “I thought physically he looked good. He threw it well.”
And Luck followed the offensive script by hooking up with nine receivers during the game.
He also ran with urgency, managed to buy extra time, threw the ball away on occasion and continually bounced up after taking big hits including a helmet-to-helmet collision that led to the ejection of Bengals safety Shawn Williams in the first quarter.
Luck didn’t bother going to the sideline and explained he didn’t even consider the hit “much of a deal.”
Having him back on the field, though, was a huge deal for the Colts.
“Just having his leadership Oscar Klefbom Jersey , the energy and the way he plays quarterback — it makes things easier for everyone else around him,” said Pro Bowl tight end Jack Doyle, whose fumble after he appeared to pick up a crucial first down at the Bengals 15-yard line in the final minute led to the clinching score.
But for Luck, this was not just another game.
He acknowledged the routine game-day drive to Lucas Oil Stadium helped put his mind at ease and that when he went through the billowing smoke for introductions, it felt as if he was playing youth football again.
He wasn’t thrown off by a question about whether a recently disclosed snowboarding accident during the 2016 offseason that may have extended his recovery period.
All he really wanted to do was finish his comeback with a win.
“Certain things felt normal,” he said. “And then some emotions crept up and sort of hit me before we went out to play. I’m so grateful and appreciative to be here.”
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