Drake took to Instagram to seemingly respond to comments made by Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer after Game 4 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals.
During Tuesday’s game in Toronto, the rapper and Toronto Raptors fan moved to the sideline from his courtside seat and gave Nick Nurse a shoulder massage. His physical contact with the Raptors coach looked odd on television and was a topic of discussion following the game.
Budenholzer was among those who felt Drake was out of line. Budenholzer took a bit of a shot at Drake calling him a “fan or whatever he is for the Raptors.”
Late Wednesday evening, Drake used his Instagram story to seemingly respond to Budenholzer’s comments. He seemed to imply that Budenholzer was just sore over his team losing to the Raptors.
Drake took to his Instagram Story after the Bucks head coach made comments about him. pic.twitter.com/HMdZ5wupnk
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 23, 2019
Drake frequently sits courtside at Raptors games. However, his enthusiasm carried him a bit over the edge with the mid-game should rub, which has since resulted in a distraction. He doesn’t seem to believe there was any wrongdoing on his part.
Drake’s behavior during the Eastern Conference Finals has become enough of a topic of conversation that coaches are weighing in.
During Game 4 in Toronto, the rapper and Raptors superfan made his way over to coach Nick Nurse and gave him a massage during the middle of the game. This struck a lot of observers the wrong way, as nobody in the arena seemed interested in doing anything about Drake — ostensibly a fan — roaming the sidelines unchecked.
Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer shared those concerns, too.
Drake was a hot topic of conversation on today’s conference call with Mike Budenholzer. He said, in part, “There’s certainly no place for fans — or whatever Drake is for the raptors — on the court. There’s boundaries and lines for a reason.”
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) May 22, 2019
There’s nothing wrong with Drake acting like an over-the-top fan, but it would probably be best if he stayed near his seat while doing it. It’s not a distraction the coaches need.
Mike Budenholzer is trading one Eastern Conference team for another.
Budenholzer has reached an agreement with the Milwaukee Bucks to become their new head coach, as first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Bucks were in the market for a new coach after firing Jason Kidd midway through the season, his fourth with the team. Budenholzer was looking for a new job after parting ways with the rebuilding Atlanta Hawks. He also interviewed for the Knicks’ position.
The Bucks finished the season 44-38 — their best record since 2009-10. They have made the playoffs in three of the past four seasons, but they haven’t advanced past the first round since 2000-01 when they made the conference finals. They’re hoping that Budenholzer will be able to take them to the next level.
The Milwaukee Bucks could be getting closer to naming a new head coach, if one report is any indication.
According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, Mike Budenholzer, who has been linked to the Bucks job, met with forwards Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton in Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Mike Budenholzer had breakfast today in Milwaukee, league sources say.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) May 16, 2018
Khris Middleton was also there, I'm told. https://t.co/yf1U3EEoDI
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) May 16, 2018
Obviously, little is known about the nature of the meeting or how it went. Budenholzer is a free agent coach who is surely assessing his options, and meeting with the cornerstone of one of the interested franchises makes plenty of logical sense.
The Bucks do reportedly have competition from a playoff team for Budenholzer’s services, but Antetokounmpo would be a huge draw for any potential coach.
Mike Budenholzer parted ways with Atlanta Hawks last month following a disappointing 24-58 season, but he may have his pick of at least two other head coaching jobs this summer.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday that Budenholzer has emerged as the “focus” of the head coaching searches for both the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks.
Mike Budenholzer has emerged as the focus of the Milwaukee and Toronto coaching searches, league sources tell ESPN. Raptors are opening conversations with Budenholzer and Bucks will re-engage with him early this week, sources said.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 14, 2018
The Bucks fired Jason Kidd early in the season, and the Raptors just announced over the weekend that they are parting ways with Dwane Casey. Casey led the team to a franchise-best 59 wins during the regular season, but Toronto was swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs.
Budenholzer led the Hawks to the playoffs in his first four seasons with the team, including a trip to the conference finals in 2015. He’s well respected around the league for his ability to develop players, and the Bucks were already reportedly hoping to beat out one team for his services. They may now have to convince Budenholzer that their situation is more attractive than the one in Toronto, which shouldn’t be all that difficult given that Milwaukee has Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Mike Budenholzer is already a hot commodity on the NBA coaching market, and the Milwaukee Bucks are looking to throw their name into the mix now that they have officially been eliminated from the postseason.
It was previously believed that the New York Knicks’ job was Budenholzer’s top choice, but Marc Berman of the New York Post reports that the 48-year-old coach is now preparing to pitch himself to both the Knicks and Bucks. Milwaukee is a much better team at the moment, and the thought of coaching Giannis Antetokounmpo is one that should intrigue Budenholzer, especially with uncertainty surrounding Kristaps Porzingis and his torn ACL.
As Berman notes, the Bucks will be moving to a new arena and are “not afraid to overpay for the right coach.” You would think Knicks owner James Dolan could offer Budenholzer more money, but that may not be the case.
“Budenholzer and his coaches’ approach to development is top-notch,” one source told Berman.
The Knicks have already interviewed numerous candidates while the Bucks are just getting started. Interim head coach Joe Prunty had a chance to state his case for the full-time job, but getting knocked out of the playoffs by a Boston Celtics team that is ravaged with injuries to key players did not help.
Budenholzer and the Hawks parted ways last week after a 24-58 season with a stripped-down roster. He previously led the team to the playoffs in his first four seasons, including a trip to the conference finals in 2015.
Mike Budenholzer is out as the head basketball coach of the Atlanta Hawks.
The two sides decided to part ways, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
The news should come as no surprise considering Budenholzer met with the Phoenix Suns about their head coaching vacancy and interviewed for the New York Knicks job.
It seems like Budenholzer does not want to be a part of the Hawks’ rebuilding process.
The 48-year-old head coach led the Hawks to the playoffs in his first four seasons, including a trip to the conference finals in 2015. The team went 24-58 this season with a stripped-down roster.