Bucks fire Adrian Griffin despite NBA's 2nd best record; Doc Rivers front runner to be hired
Former Boston Celtics swingman Adrian Griffin finally got his long awaited chance to be a head coach this summer after the Bucks fired Mike Budenholzer just two years after leading Milwaukee to an NBA championship. Griffin lasted only half a season. The only team in the entire NBA with a better record than Milwaukee is your Boston Celtics.
Reportedly former Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, who was let go by the 76ers this past offseason, is the favorite to take Griffin's place. According to Shams Charania, Doc and the Bucks are working on a deal as we speak.
Rivers ironically had been serving as an informal consultant to the first time NBA head coach Griffin. Fingers are being pointed at franchise superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo as one would expect for the coaching change. Short of an Ime Udoka situation, it's hard to fathom that the Bucks made this change without Giannis' blessing or more likely encouragement.
The change isn't completely unheard of as David Blatt was fired from the Cavs back in 2016 midway through his first season in Cleveland. Griffin's Bucks with a 30-13 record (70% winning percentage) is the most successful coach record wise to be fired since Blatt.