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Larranaga explained he aspires to be a head coach but wants to wait for the right opportunity:
“I value my job immensely. I value this situation immensely. I don’t want to be a head coach; I want to be a successful head coach. It’s not something I feel like I need to do. I’ve been a head coach before. It’s a lot of fun. But winning is the most fun. What I’ve communicated in all my interviews is I really value where I am and it would have to be a really great opportunity to leave.”
Larranaga has spent the past six seasons on the Celtics’ staff, and he was the head coach of the Erie BayHawks in the NBA G League for two years before going to Boston.
The Bucks boast one of the NBA’s brightest talents in Giannis Antetokounmpo, and the opportunity to coach the two-time All-Star might be too good to pass up.
Milwaukee may be going in a different direction, though. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday that Mike Budenholzer is the “centerpiece” of the coaching search for both the Bucks and Toronto Raptors, who recently fired Dwane Casey.
While Larranaga has put in the work to become a head coach, Budenholzer makes more sense for the Bucks. After the Jason Kidd experiment was largely a disappointment for three-and-a-half seasons, Milwaukee can’t afford to slip up with Kidd’s replacement.
Budenholzer led the Atlanta Hawks to a franchise-best 60 wins and an Eastern Conference Finals appearance in 2014-15 before the franchise’s fortunes steadily began declining.
Still, Budenholzer is a more proven commodity than Larranaga. That’s important since Antetokounmpo is three years away from becoming an unrestricted free agent.