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Mike Budenholzer used Wiffle ball, flag football to boost Bucks to NBA's best record


They rebound at a high level, they don't foul and they punish opponents with a potent offensive attack built on points in the paint and letting three-pointers fly.


Budenholzer's schemes, love of efficiency in all aspects of life and individual development – known as "vitamins" – are hallmarks of his philosophy that have paid dividends since the day he arrived in Milwaukee last spring.


“If you look at the standings, the job he’s done is just tremendous," Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, a former Budenholzer assistant, said earlier this month.


You wouldn't necessarily have made that connection when watching a mid-March game in New Orleans when the Bucks got off to a slow start and Budenholzer spent the first quarter red-faced and stalking the sidelines like he was coaching in the NBA Finals.


A branch off the coaching tree of Gregg Popovich, Budenholzer doesn't commonly exude a vibe of fun and excitement in press conferences, either, instead offering the same steady, focused personality on a daily basis.


On a Friday in January – the day before a game against the Orlando Magic – the Bucks got on the bus in their practice gear for a scheduled session but didn't go to a gym.






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