Report: Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer made it known that he wanted Danny Ferry to resign

mike-budenholzer-danny-ferry-nba-atlanta-hawks-mike-budenholzer-press-conference9-850x560The 2014-15 version of the Atlanta Hawks will go down as one of the best teams in franchise history. The Hawks won 60 games, head coach Mike Budenholzer won “Coach of the Year”, and they played in the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in team history. All of this was happening with the situation that former general manager Danny Ferry put himself in. Ferry took a leave of absence after some comments about Luol Deng were made public. Even though head coach Mike Budenholzer supported Ferry in public, he had a different view behind the scenes. According to Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Budenholzer made it known that he wanted Ferry to resign.

Budenholzer very much owed his job to Ferry. His former Spurs colleague had pleaded with Levenson that the Gregg Popovich assistant was the man for the position. Yet Budenholzer felt Ferry should resign, lest the Hawks be subsumed in disruption when training camp opened, and he made his wishes known in a heartfelt conversation with Ferry and Levenson at that time.

I think Budenholzer was trying to do the right thing for his players and the organization. If Ferry’s situation wasn’t going on throughout the year, the Hawks season could’ve went in a different direction.

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