Spurs Assistant in the lead for Magic Head Coach?
According to a new report by David Pingalore of WKMG, Spurs top assistant Mike Budenholzer is currently the leading candidate to replace Stan Van Gundy as the head coach of the Orlando Magic. Budenholzer is in his 16th season as a coach with the Spurs and has served as Greg Popovich’s lead assistant since 2007-08.
Ping also mentions several other names that have been mentioned across the board recently such as Mo Cheeks, Mike Malone and Brian Shaw.
Budenholzer stands out for his obvious connection with both Popovich and also new GM Rob Hennigan who previously worked in the Spurs organization. Mo Cheeks also has a strong connection with Hennigan as he currently serves as Scott Brooks’ lead assistant in OKC.
Ping doesn’t have the most positive track record when it comes to rumors, but he has been decently dialed in recently including being the first to report that the Hennigan hiring was complete. Take for that what you will.
UPDATE: (10:26PM) The rumor mill on this one lasted about 15 minutes before being temporarily suppressed. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel has been told that neither Budenholzer or Cheeks will be interviewed for the head coaching job.
— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) July 4, 2012
I’ve been Ping’d. :/