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Published: Fri, October 21, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Hawks coach leaves game after colliding with opposing player

Hawks coach leaves game after colliding with opposing player

After Tuesday's game, the Pelicans wrap up their preseason on Thursday against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.

Assistant Darvin Ham took over for Budenholzer while New Orleans assistant coach Darren Erman filled in for Alvin Gentry, who had "stomach discomfort", according to the team.

Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was removed from Tuesday night's preseason game against New Orleans when he collided with a Pelicans player on the sideline.

Former Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer, now Atlanta's head coach, had his own tumble Tuesday night in the Hawks' preseason game against New Orleans. Ham spoke to reporters following the game in place of Budenholzer. So when a loose ball came bouncing his way late in the second quarter of Atlanta's matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans, the basketball lifer raised his left hand to stop it and send it away. Budenholzer is standing in a pretty normal position for coaches, and Galloway is just trying to make a play.

The Hawks were called for a delay of game warning because Budenholzer touched the ball on its way out of bounds. Ham said Budenholzer's hand was not injured further but his ribs were sore after the "nasty, nasty" collision. "I felt bad for him". Oh man. Sorry, Bud. "He took a nasty, nasty spill but all in all he's fine. It was unbelievable he was even here after having surgery yesterday and he was on some meds, obviously".

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