(Milwaukee) The Milwaukee Bucks have fired coach Mike Budenholzer, just over a week after their crushing first-round playoff loss to the Miami Heat.

That ending marred a season in which they had a league-leading 58-24 record.

In 2021, Budenholzer led the Bucks to their first NBA title in half a century.

The move comes three weeks after the league completed Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam’s purchase of a 25% stake in the team.

“The decision to make this change was very difficult to make,” Bucks general manager Jon Horst said in a statement.

“‘Bud’ helped lead our team through five incredible seasons and ushered in an era of enduring success. We are grateful for the winning culture he helped instill in Milwaukee. »

The Bucks had the most combined regular-season and playoff wins during Budenholzer’s tenure.

He went 271-120 in the regular season and 39-26 in the playoffs.