Mike Budenholzer taking leave from Hawks due to wife’s health

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Mike Budenholzer was not with the Hawks during Friday’s loss to the Celtics, citing personal reasons for his leave. Now, he’s offered a little more clarity on the situation: it was a medical emergency involving his wife.

Budenholzer released a statement on Saturday:

On Friday morning, I returned to Atlanta from Boston to be with my family due to an emergency medical situation involving my wife. We are encouraged by her progress to this point and remain cautiously optimistic.

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. 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.

It’s good that Budenholzer’s wife seems to be making progress. Hopefully, he’s able to get back to the team soon, but the most important thing is that his wife is recovering.