The NBA is undergoing a shakeup, and it’s not impacting the Minnesota Timberwolves just yet. The earthquake is the fact that the winningest coach in the NBA over the 2022-23 NBA season, Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer, found that the team has terminated his employment contract after the top-seeded Bucks were sent packing after Round 1 in the 2023 NBA Playoffs by the eighth-seeded Miami Heat.
"“The decision to make this change was very difficult. Bud helped lead our team for five incredible seasons, to the Bucks’ first title in 50 years, and into an era of sustained success. We are grateful for the culture of winning and leadership that Bud helped create in Milwaukee. This is an opportunity for us to refocus and reenergize our efforts as we continue building toward our next championship season.” – Bucks general manager Jon Horst said as per ESPN columnist Jamal Collier"
That’s how little the NBA regular season means it seems. The Bucks, just like the Minnesota Timberwolves, lost in Round 1 with a record of 4-1. Unlike the Timberwolves, however, they lost despite entering the series as the team with the best regular season record. And losing in the NBA, like all professional sports, needs a scapegoat. The Bucks determined the cause to be Coach Budenholzer, and so the search is on:
So how does that impact the Minnesota Timberwolves? If you have ever had or been around Hermit Crabs, you know that they are quick to upgrade their shells as they grow, which in turn vacates a shell for another crab to take over, and so on until all the crabs in the terrarium have new shells.
That is the impact among NBA teams now. A coveted head coaching position is now vacated. While that is just one position, the process of filling that head coaching position creates vacancies in the coaching of other NBA teams.
So while we have the opportunity to investigate coaching, who is on the coaching staff of the Minnesota Timberwolves?