Bucks’ Budenholzer in well being and security protocols

MILWAUKEE – Mike Budenholzer has entered the NBA’s well being and security protocols and Giannis Antetokounpo is sidelined with an sickness unrelated to COVID-19, leaving the Milwaukee Bucks with out their coach and star participant Wednesday evening in opposition to Toronto.

Assistant Darvin Ham will function appearing coach.

Antetokounmpo is averaging 27.9 factors and 11.5 rebounds. The Bucks didn’t specify the character of the NBA Finals MVP’s sickness.

Guards Grayson Allen and George Hill, together with ahead Pat Connaughton, additionally entered protocols on Wednesday.

Reserves Jordan Nwora, Thanasis Antetokounmpo and Semi Ojeleye, who had beforehand been unavailable as a result of protocols, had been all cleared to return to the lineup, Ham mentioned.

“My job is to maintain the bus shifting ahead,” Ham mentioned. “These are some unlucky occasions and unlucky circumstances. I’m not trying to make a giant splash and show to the world that I can actually coach. I do know that already. I’m very comfy in my position right here.”

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Ham mentioned he stepped in for Budenholzer in 2017 when the pair coached along with the Hawks in Atlanta and Budenholzer needed to serve a one-game suspension for bumping an official.

Ham, a former participant who hung out with the Bucks, has been an NBA assistant for 11 years. He mentioned he discovered of Budenholzer’s optimistic check after a observe session on Tuesday night.

“We now have a tight-knit group. It will be good to have Giannis, however he’s coping with his personal points,” Ham mentioned. “We now have lots of robust management in that locker room throughout the board. They will assist me as a lot as I’m going to assist them.”

The Bucks are coming off a 115-106 loss at residence to the Detroit Pistons, who had the league’s worst report getting into the sport, on Monday evening. The defeat ended Milwaukee’s six-game successful streak.

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