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Moncrief to become assistant coach with Bucks

Jul 27, 2011, 6:10 PM EST

Sidney Moncrief Getty Images

From Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski we get the news an interesting hire in Milwaukee:

Sidney Moncrief, one of the Milwaukee Bucks’ legendary players, is finalizing an agreement to return to the franchise as an assistant coach, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Moncrief will replace Kelvin Sampson on Scott Skiles’ coaching staff, and have significant responsibilities on the defensive side. Sampson left the Bucks to become Kevin McHale’s lead assistant with the Houston Rockets.

The 53-year old Moncrief was a two-time defensive player of the year as a player, but the Bucks’ defense doesn’t need all that much fixing as is — the team finished fourth in defensive efficiency last season. It’s the Bucks’ offense, which ranked dead last in the NBA last season, that needs fixing — we’ll see what moves the Bucks make to address their abysmal offense this off-season.

Still, this is a hiring that should go over well with Bucks fans.

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