Atlanta Hawks New Head Coach Arrested For DUI

Atlanta Hawks New Head Coach Arrested For DUIThe Atlanta Hawks tabbed former San Antonio Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer to be their new head coach back in May, but his tenure with the organization has gotten off to a rocky start to say the least. He was arrested for DUI early Thursday morning, according to Zach Klein of WSB-TV in Atlanta.

‘Taillight violation’

WSB-TV is reporting that a Georgia State Patrol trooper pulled Budenholzer over for having no taillights. After the trooper smelled alcohol, however, he administered a field sobriety test and ultimately decided to arrest Budenholzer, who reportedly refused to take a breathalyzer test.

According to a spokesperson for the Atlanta City Jail, Budenholzer was charged with DUI as well as a taillight violation, and he was released on $1,524 bond at 3:45 a.m. ET on Thursday morning.

‘Under the influence of drugs’

According to, in addition to the aforementioned charges, Budenholzer has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs, driving under the influence of multiple substances, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and having an alcohol concentration exceeding 0.08 grams at any time within three hours of driving.

Budenholzer spent 16 years as an assistant with the Spurs under Gregg Popovich, winning four NBA championships during his tenure. Budenholzer has never served as a head coach at the professional level, but he was a highly sought-after candidate this offseason.  It’s entirely possible that Budenholzer has already ruined his big break, however.

How will this arrest affect Mike Budenholzer’s career as the new head coach of the Atlanta Hawks? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions with us via the comment box below!

Source: Mike Chiari | Bleacher Report

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Dwight Howard Reportedly Will Not Re-Sign With Lakers

Dwight Howard Reportedly Will Not Re-Sign With LakersAccording to Chris Broussard of ESPN, sources are reporting that Dwight Howard is unlikely to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. He is also reporting that the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks are the front-runners to acquire his services. Broussard later added that the Golden State Warriors will try and enter the Howard sweepstakes when free agency opens.

‘Wild card’

While Howard has always been a bit of a wild card, this report may come as a surprise to many. Howard’s first season in L.A. didn’t go according to plan, as the Lakers barely snuck into the playoffs as the No. 7 seed before being swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round.

‘Willing to play elsewhere’

Howard essentially forced his way out of Orlando last offseason when he refused to commit to re-signing with the Magic. Rather than losing him for nothing in free agency, the Magic orchestrated a four-team deal involving the Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets that ultimately sent Howard to Los Angeles. Although Howard’s numbers were down a bit—17.1 points, 12.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks per game—he’s still the NBA’s top center when healthy.

According to Broussard, the Lakers can offer Howard $30 million more than any other team. Apparently it isn’t all about the money, though, as Howard reportedly doesn’t believe that he is a good fit in Mike D’Antoni’s system. Because of that, Howard may be willing to play elsewhere at a relative discount.

Do you think Dwight Howard will still re-sign with the Lakers? If not, which team will he choose?

Source: Mike Chiari | Bleacher Report

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