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Suns announce time and date for Mike Budenholzer introductory press conference

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The Phoenix Suns have announced that there will be an introductory press conference for new coach Mike Budenholzer on Friday, May 17 at 12:00 p.m. MST.

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President of basketball operations and general manager James Joness will also speak at the presser. Fans can watch it on the Suns YouTube channel.

Jones and Budenholzer were spotted at NBA Draft combine in Chicago yesterday, as Phoenix holds the No. 22 overall pick.

Budenholzer, who was officially hired on Saturday, is the team’s third coach in as many years, as well as Devin Booker’s seventh coach in 10 years. Budenholzer became the franchise’s 22nd head coach in their 56 years of existence.

His hiring came just two days after first-year coach Frank Vogel was fired a week and a half after the Suns were swept in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Budenholzer is reportedly bringing in a completely new staff from Vogel’s.

Budeholzer is an Arizona native, growing up a Suns fan in Holbrook, Arizona. His father coached basketball at Holbrook High School for 25 years, won a state championship in 1971 and is in the Arizona Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Budenholzer, 54, coached the Bucks to their 2021 NBA Finals win over the Suns. He had been out of coaching for a year after five seasons (2018-2023) with the Bucks, in which he finished with a 271-120 record (.639 winning percentage). Budenholzer, the NBA Coach of the Year in 2014-15 and 2018-19, was dismissed after the Bucks lost in the first round to the Miami Heat in 2023.

Before Milwaukee, Budenholzer spent five years as the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks (2013-2018), amassing a 213-197 record (.520 winning percentage) there.

Budenholzer began his coaching career as an assistant under coach Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs during Popovich’s first year in San Antonio. He stayed with the Spurs from 1996-2013, winning four NBA championships as an assistant.

Combined, Budenholzer has a 484-317 record as a head coach, which gives him the fifth-highest win percentage by a coach (min. 800 games). He is also 20th all-time in playoff wins, going 56-48 in the postseason.

What do you think are the biggest questions for Jones and Budenholzer to answer on Friday?

Mike Budenholzer, James Jones spotted at NBA draft combine

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Brendan Mau is a senior writer covering the Phoenix Suns and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

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