Milwaukee Bucks have started their season strong and are currently sitting on the second place in the eastern conference with a 12-4 record.
The Greek Freak is having an MVP like season, while it’s definitely worth mentioning the supporting cast of Middleton, Brogdon, and Bledsoe who are all having great seasons. Brook Lopez is leading their team in blocks while at the same time he somehow found his range from the three-point land. He is shooting the ball better this season than some of the best shooting guards in the NBA.
It seems the Bucks have the perfect balance of young and old because they have shown some really good basketball this season. A lot of the credit, of course, goes to their new coach Mike Budenholzer who implemented a system into this team that makes players feel comfortable in their roles.
In a recent interview, Giannis brought up the importance of coach Bud and the difference in approach to their previous coach, a legendary point guard Jason Kidd.
“I think our talent saves us and we play with energy. Having Coach Bud come into the locker room…the one game he yelled at us and the other game last night, he came in and said, ‘Okay, guys. You know what you have to do. Just put some energy in this game and you’re going to win this game.’ Having your coach trust you and let you play and let you be basketball players and let you know do what you do and he knows you’re going to get back to the game, it gives everybody confidence and it helps. it helps a lot.”
Giannis said there is a high probability Jason Kidd would yell at the players which would result in poor performance from the players.
“Jason would have yelled at us and we would have stayed close in a shell. And sometimes when guys got yelled at, they had a tendency to not play as hard and play a little more scared. But with Coach Bud, it’s always coming from a good place. He gives you the green light, but he’s always going to scold you. He’s going to talk to you. Like when you’re messing up, he’s going to let you know. But when you’re doing good stuff, he’s always going to tell you and make you feel positive and make you play for the team.”
It will be interesting to see if the Bucks can keep up this momentum, especially if they reach the playoffs. Having Budenholzer seems like the right decision because he has a resume that speaks about his experience in the post-season and now he has a team that can actually compete for the NBA finals next year.