After serving as an assistant coach with the Delaware Blue Coats last season, 31-year-old Chase Buford was hired as the head coach of the Wisconsin Herd, who will play the Blue Coats on Tuesday and Thursday.
Buford will not be coaching in those games, since he’s suspended for Wisconsin’s next two contests. The rant below, courtesy of WFRV-TV’s Ryan Rodig, is why:
Early candidate for coaching rant of the year! Wisconsin Herd Head Coach Chase Buford after his team saw a 21-point lead disappear in the 4th quarter vs. Grand Rapids. And because he asked: @nbagleague pic.twitter.com/cw5t1lMSKI— Ryan Rodig (@ryanrodig) February 24, 2020
Buford’s request to tag the G League and make sure they saw his comments — along with him labeling a referee a ‘f---ing clown’ — makes the suspension unsurprising. The suspension is officially for a "direct and extended public attack on the integrity and credibility of the game officials,” the G League announced.
On Sunday night, Buford issued an apology.
You likely will not see or hear that level of unfiltered, colorful anger from a head coach for a while.
In Buford’s first head coaching gig, he’s led the Herd to a 28-9 record, the best mark in the G League.
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