Budenholzer family

Mike Budenholzer, left, is the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks while his dad Vince was once the Holbrook High School head basketball coach and his mom Libby was the former mayor of Holbrook and a City Council member.

HOLBROOK, AZ (3TV/CBS 5 ) - Almost all of Arizona is rooting for the Phoenix Suns. But one small town is a bit split because of a family that's been there for 60 years. Holbrook has a population of about 5,000. Their NBA Finals prediction is winning no matter what. "We're fortunate being from where we're from, we're fortunate because we win either way!" said Holbrook Mayor Merrill Young.

Young said that's because of a rich family history in town: The Budenholzers. Mike Budenholzer is the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. "I'm proud to be friends with the Budenholzer family. I mean, they're an excellent family," Young said.

Mike's dad Vince was once the Holbrook High School head basketball coach. His mom Libby was the former mayor of Holbrook and a City Council member. Arizona's Family interviewed them recently about their son's success. "Very proud. That just expresses it. We're very proud," Mike and Libby said.

Just two years ago, the Holbrook High School gym floor was dedicated to their family, and Mike came home for the celebration. "Somebody that graduated from Holbrook High School, walked the halls of Holbrook High School, went on to do great things and is now coaching in an NBA championship series," said Holbrook Unified Superintendent Robbie Koerperich.

So what does a town like this do when they have fans on both sides? "You'll have one group on one side and the other group on the other side. They'll be throwing their words out at each other and stuff like that," laughed Young.

But it's all in good fun. The series isn't over, but this tiny town already has so much to celebrate. "Congratulations to Mike, congratulations to the family - Vince and Libby, we love ya. We're proud of ya, best wishes to you. But, come on Suns!" said Young.


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