As impressive as Mike Budenholzer’s background is, it’s also true that he hasn’t been a head coach. (“Never called a timeout,” as the time-honored industry knock goes.) He spelled Gregg Popovich for three games when the San Antonio coach took sick — “We were 3-0,” Budenholzer said of his brief star turn — but that’s not the same as being the man in charge.
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