• Mike Budenholzer
    Team, Milwaukee Bucks

    Several league sources believe the Bucks and their New York-based ownership will pounce and enter “The Bud Bowl.’’

    While the Knicks’ top two coaching desires are Mike Budenholzer and David Fizdale, that doesn’t necessarily guarantee they will be able to land either one of them. Bucks’ interim coach Joe Prunty is not expected back next season and while Budenholzer considered the Knicks his “top choice,’’ that was before Milwaukee’s situation crystallized. The Bucks are not afraid to overpay for the right coach as they make a long-awaited move to a brand-new arena next season and they also have their eye on Doc Rivers, the former Marquette star who hasn’t yet committed to next season with the Clippers despite having one year left on his contract. Indications are that Budenholzer, Fizdale and European coaching stud David Blatt are at the top of the Knicks’ list, while fan favorite Mark Jackson has seen his candidacy fail to gain traction but the race is far from over.

    Source: New York Post