Coach Bud and Giannis OUT Wednesday. Just when it seemed COVID had hit everyone on the Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer goes into COVID protocol. Joining Grayson Allen, Pat Connaughton, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Jordan Nwora, and Semi Ojeleye all out with health and safety. The last three are questionable for tonight if they test negative for today.
While both Donte Divencenzo and Brook Lopez are still out due to injuries. Also Giannis was ruled out with non-covid illness.
Darvin Ham, Bucks Assistant, will serve as the head coach at least for tonight against the Toronto Raptors.
Ham, a former NBA player himself has been coaching since 2008 both at the college and NBA ranks. He has been with Milwaukee since 2018 and even has got consideration for a few coaching head coaching openings.
Darvin Ham and the Bucks will be short handed yet again tonight and will look to lean on All-Stars Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday to not only negate being short handed but also without the multiple time Coach Of The Year.
Middleton like many of the Bucks players is just coming back from COVID himself and looked a step slow against the Pistons on Monday as the Bucks looked disengage and frankly a step slow all night. While Giannis and Holiday combined for 60 points the rest of the team only had 49 points including just 10 from Middleton.
In conclusion COVID has been hitting the team hard and the lack of playing time as a unit has been frustrating the Bucks need to find a way to turn it around and continue to work through it. And that starts tonight with Intrim Head Coach Darvin Ham at the helm. Without coach Bud and Giannis out Wednesday at the least.