Mike Budenholzer was close to taking Knicks job in 2018

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In the summer of 2018, Mike Budenholzer was out in Atlanta and the most established name on the coaching market. At the time, Coach Bud was known to be the Knicks‘ best choice, but SNY.TV’s Ian Begley was reportedly close to work.

The discussions between Knicks and Budenholzer in the 2018 offseason got to the point where some people who would come with Budenholzer to New York were talking about places to live in the city because they felt that Budenholzer was close to accepting the job, according to SNY sources …

An officer of an opposing team involved in the research of the time confirmed that the Knicks manager intrigued Budenholzer. “Bud was definitely interested,” the team official said recently.

Budenholzer, however, chose Milwaukee, who had Antetokounmpo and a talent list, but needed a more modern offensive style and more attention. Budenholzer led this and the team won 60 games last season, and is a title contender this season.

The Knicks hired David Fizdale, who lasted less than a season and a half before being released. The president of the new team Leon Rose now has to hire a new manager, and this will say a lot about the direction the team wants to take.