NBA Suspends Budenholzer One Game For Bumping Ref

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The NBA has suspended Head Coach Mike Budenholzer one game for bumping an official Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.  He will miss Sunday's game against Indiana.

Here's the NBA statement:

Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer has been suspended one game without pay for making contact with a game official, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.  Coach Budenholzer also made contact with a game official last season on November 21, 2015 during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The most recent incident occurred with 2:42 remaining in the third quarter of the Hawks’ 135-130 loss to the Cavaliers on March 3 at Philips Arena. Budenholzer will serve his suspension on Sunday, March 5 when the Hawks host the Indiana Pacers. 

Coach Bud released a statement of his own Saturday night:

“I fully understand and respect the decision of the NBA. I plan to reach out to Brian as soon as possible and intend to apologize for the contact that I made during last night’s game. The referees have the most difficult job on the court and do an outstanding job of managing the needs of the game, players and coaches. I accept the suspension, will learn from it and look forward to moving beyond this.”

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