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Meet the Phoenix Suns’ new head coach

Mike Budenholzer addressed members of the media in an introductory news conference on May 17.

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns are introducing new head coach Mike Budenholzer to members of the media May 17.

Budenholzer is expected to be joined by President of Basketball Operations and General Manager James Jones at noon. Watch the news conference live at

“We’re excited to name Mike as the head coach of the Phoenix Suns and bring him back to his home state of Arizona,” said Mat Ishbia, owner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury, in a news release. “Mike has proven himself to be among the most successful head coaches in the NBA. He is the right leader to take us to the next level and reach our championship goals.”

Budenholzer was born and raised in Holbrook, Arizona and will be asked to get back to the winning playoff ways after this year’s disappointing first-round exit.

“I am honored to be named head coach of the Phoenix Suns, the team I grew up watching,” Budenholzer said in a news release. “I would like to thank Mat Ishbia, Josh Bartelstein and James Jones for the opportunity to lead this team. I’m grateful to have a talented roster of players who are ready to compete and play a style of basketball that will bring out the best in all of them, and bring them together as we compete for championships.”

Suns fans last saw Budenholzer as the head coach of the 2021 Milwaukee Bucks team that defeated Phoenix in the NBA Finals. He was also voted the Coach of the Year during the 2014-2015 and 2018-2019 NBA seasons. His NBA coaching career began by spending more than 15 years on the San Antonio Spurs coaching staff. 

“Mike’s exceptional basketball acumen, championship pedigree and his standing as one of the NBA’s premier coaches will be invaluable as we compete for a championship,” Jones said in a news release. “We’re confident that under his leadership our team will reach new levels of success.”

Arizona sports 

The city of Phoenix is home to four major professional sports league teams; The NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, NBA’s Phoenix Suns, WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Cardinals have made State Farm Stadium in Glendale their home turf and the Footprint Center in downtown Phoenix is home to both the Suns and the Mercury. The Indoor Football League’s Arizona Rattlers play at Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale. 

Phoenix also has a soccer team with the USL’s Phoenix Rising FC, who play at Phoenix Rising FC Stadium in Phoenix. 

The Valley hosts multiple major sporting events on a yearly basis, including college football’s Fiesta Bowl and Guaranteed Rate Bowl; the PGA Tour’s highest-attended event, the WM Phoenix Open; NASCAR events each spring and fall, including Championship Weekend in November; and Cactus League Spring Training for 15 Major League Baseball franchises. 


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