Bucks hire Chad Forcier as assistant coach

The Milwaukee Bucks are adding to their coaching staff for the 2019-20 season. According to league sources, the Bucks plan to hire 23-year veteran Chad Forcier as an assistant coach.

The position opened earlier in the offseason when Taylor Jenkins left to take the head coaching job with the Memphis Grizzlies. Forcier spent last season as an assistant for the Grizzlies.

Forcier has plenty of experience in the league as an assistant. The 46-year old has spent 18 years as an NBA assistant beginning under George Karl and the Seattle SuperSonics for five years in the 1990s.

Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer is familiar with Forcier as well. From 2007 until 2013, the two worked together as assistant coaches for the San Antonio Spurs. Forcier has also spent time in Detroit (2001-03), Indiana (2003-07) and Orlando (2016-18).

Bucks’ Mike Budenholzer named NBA Coach of the Year

Mike Budenholzer came to Milwaukee with a lot of expectations. He was hired to get the Bucks to reach their potential. Budenholzer definitely did that.

The Bucks finished the regular season with the best record in the NBA at 60-22. They held the top defense and net rating. 45 of their 60 wins (75%) were won by double digits. It is the second-highest percentage of wins coming by double digits in a single season in NBA history. Now, they have the coach of the year. He joins Don Nelson as the only coaches in Bucks history to be named NBA Coach of the Year.

This is the second time Budenholzer has won the award. He last won it due to his work guiding the Atlanta Hawks to 60 wins in 2014-15. Budenholzer beat out finalists Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers and Michael Malone of the Denver Nuggets to earn the award Monday night.

“We are thrilled for Coach Bud in winning NBA Coach of the Year,” Bucks General Manager Jon Horst said. “In his first season, Bud instilled a new culture and dynamic style of play that led us to 60 wins and the best record in the league. As a great communicator, he quickly earned the confidence of his players, who played hard for him night in and night out. On behalf of ownership and the entire Bucks organization, we congratulate Coach Bud for this well-deserved honor.”

Budenholzer earned Eastern Conference Coach of the Month honors in both January and February last season and was named head coach of Team Giannis for the All-Star Game.

Grizzlies hiring Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins as their next head coach

The Memphis Grizzles have a new head coach and he’s from Mike Budenholzer’s staff. The report came from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski Tuesday morning. Jenkins will be replacing J.B. Bickerstaff, who was relieved of his duties in April.

Jenkins has been an assistant under Budenholzer since 2013. He spent 2013-2018 with Budenholzer as part of the Atlanta Hawks staff. Then, last season with the Bucks. This will be Jenkins first time as a head coach in the NBA. He is a former G League head coach of the Austin Spurs.

Budenholzer’s coaching tree continues to grow. Jenkins is now the third NBA coach to come directly off his staff. He joins Utah’s Quin Snyder and Brooklyn’s Kenny Atkinson as former assistant coaches of Budenholzer.

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