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Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer joins The Woj Pod to discuss Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks future, the Hawks years, LeBron leaving the East, where and how he gets ideas and getting the courage up as a young assistant to raise a point with Gregg Popovich in a Spurs coach’s meeting.
1:48: How much different is Budenholzer's approach to his second head-coaching job?
3:29: Learning about Giannis Antetokounmpo’s tremendous work ethic.
5:47: The uniqueness of Antetokounmpo’s skillset and the appeal of coaching him.
8:41: The stressful situations that come with being a first-time head coach.
10:58: Reflecting on his 5-year tenure with the Hawks, including the 60-win season.
14:10: Danny Ferry’s role building the Hawks and his qualifications for another front-office job.
16:54: Losing Al Horford in free agency in 2016 and bringing in Dwight Howard.
18:55: The difficulty of balancing the short- and long-term while being both coach and team president.
23:06: What Budenholzer learned from Gregg Popovich about holding multiple titles.
25:42: The importance of alignment between ownership and the front office.
28:34: Growing up as the son of a successful coach and the value of playing multiple sports.
34:34: Starting in the video room for the Spurs and developing his own voice as a coach.
39:57: What role do coaches have in motivating players?
41:13: Staying in the Eastern Conference and the opening presented by LeBron James going to the West.
42:45: How James single-handedly challenges opposing teams in the playoffs.