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Mike Budenholzer to retain high-profile Suns assistant

Mike Budenholzer looking on

Mar 9, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

New Phoenix Suns head coach Mike Budenholzer is keeping a high-profile assistant on his new staff.

Former NBA head coach David Fizdale will remain with the Suns in a prominent assistant coaching role, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Fizdale had spent last season as a member of former head coach Frank Vogel’s staff.

Fizdale had been tied to Vogel for the last several years, first with the Los Angeles Lakers and then with the Suns. He and Budenholzer have never worked together, but both coaches enjoy a lot of respect from around the NBA and will certainly be very familiar with each other’s work.

There were some rumors that Fizdale might be bumped up to the front office after Vogel was fired, but Fizdale did not appear interested. Keeping him on the bench is likely the best solution for all involved.

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