Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer announced Saturday he is taking a leave of absence “due to an emergency medical situation” with his wife, adding “We are encouraged by her progress to this point and remain cautiously optimistic.”
The team provided no additional details, only that Budenholzer was with the Hawks in Boston to face the Celtics on Friday before leaving in the morning to return to Atlanta.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the doctors and support staff at Emory for the outstanding care they have provided my wife,” Budenholzer, also the president of basketball operations, said in a statement. “I would also like to thank my coaching staff, our players and the entire Hawks organization for their support and encouragement during this time. We are humbled by the outpouring of support from so many friends and members of the NBA family. It is greatly appreciated.
“Finally, I’d like to thank the media and our fans for respecting our family’s continued request for privacy during this period.
“I will return to the team as soon as possible and will be happy to answer any basketball-related questions at that time.”
The Hawks are 8-3 and next play Sunday against the Jazz at home.