Budenholzer has Bucks on winning track

There was a time when I didn't watch the Milwaukee Bucks on TV, let alone any other NBA game.
Mike Budenholzer (pictured) changed all that.
Budenholzer's hiring by the Milwaukee Bucks intrigued me a lot. I heard about his coaching style, his past experience and success.
I decided to catch the Bucks' regular season opener on TV in mid-October. I have been hooked ever since and watch the Bucks from start to finish. I think I have only missed a couple of games, but still DVR them.
If someone would have told me the Bucks would have the best record in the NBA in late January, I would have laughed. No one is laughing now.
Milwaukee is 34-12 for a .739 winning percentage. It's not only the best in the Eastern Conference, but tops the entire league. Eastern Conference rival Toronto Raptors are 36-13 with a .735 winning percentage going into Wednesday's games. The Golden State Warriors are first in the Western Conference with a 33-14 (.702) mark, but third best in the NBA.
The Bucks are definitely for real and I credit much of that to Budenholzer's refreshing approach to the game. He spreads out the offense, encourages his team to shoot beyond the arc, while freeing the inside for NBA All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo and others to drive to the basket. He also stresses tough defense, which is rare in the NBA nowadays.
Budenholzer has also brought the players together. You can readily see they enjoy playing for him and his enjoy his brand of basketball.
The Bucks are off until Friday night when they entertain the Charlotte Hornets at 7:30. Guess what I will be doing?

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