Mike Budenholzer definitely became a favorite for the best staredown of an official during the current regular season.
The Atlanta Hawks’ head coach didn’t like a call, or the way a referee was talking to him, during their 110-103 victory over the Sacramento Kings Monday night, so he locked eyes on the man and refused to quit. Budenholzer is a unique individual for sure, and likely to be the Eastern Conference Coach of the Year, and it’s hard to question his motives at this point.
What he’s doing just works.
The Hawks are 3-1 on their current 6-game road trip out west, with two big games remaining against the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder. They’re an incredible 21-5 against the strong Western Conference, and while they play the West fewer times than teams like Golden State, their current pace would put them in contention with the Warriors’ 31-8 record against that conference.
Atlanta is one victory away from clinching a Southeastern Division title, which would be the first division title for the Hawks since 1993. It’s a long season, but Hawks fans still look at all this success with as much surprise as Budenholzer looks at refs.
You know, like this:
GIF via Reddit; Image: AP/Rich Pedroncelli