Several other Hawks players and members of the organization have declined to speak on the record since Budenholzer’s departure.
Winning – or the lack thereof – appears to be at least one of the issues that prompted Budenholzer to want out of the organization just three seasons after 60 wins and a trip to the Eastern Conference finals. Nearly all the players from that successful team – including every starter – are gone.
“I think it was a big surprise but I think Bud had a hell of a run while he was here,” Bembry said. “Whenever I saw Bud as a coach, I always saw him in the playoffs. He’s always done his job. When I heard it, I was surprised. But also there is a vision that (general manager) Travis (Schlenk) has and Travis has been through. Wish Bud the best of luck but it’s a process.
“Bud is used to (winning). I believe he should end up on another team and will handle it the right way. I think this is a good move for us. A lot of young guys on the team, a young coach. A lot in common. It’s a good pickup.”