ATLANTA The last time Mike Budenholzer was a head basketball coach was when he was about 23 or 24 years old around 20 years ago.
He had just graduated from college and was living in Denmark, where he played professionally, and coaching a womens professional team equivalent of a high school team, in his words.
"I had a wide spectrum there, and they were anxious and willing, and I got to do lots of growing as a young coach," he said. "It was a good first opportunity."
Needless to say, serving as head coach of a NBA team is a world apart. On Wednesday, the Hawks introduced Budenholzer, who has spent the last 19 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, including the last 17 as an assistant coach, as their new coach.
One of Budenholzer's biggest challenges will be bridging that gap between what assistants do and what head coaches do. He's up for the job.
"I think I'm as prepared as you can be, having not been in that seat, Budenholzer said. "...