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Scott Skiles out as Bucks head coach

Jan 8, 2013, 1:01 AM EDT

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Scott Skiles is out as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, according to a report from Sam Amick of USA Today.

The decision was mutual between the team and its coach, who had guided the Bucks to a record of 16-16, good enough for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

It’s more than possible that a report published Monday from David Aldridge of NBA.com helped accelerate the conversation that led to this parting of ways.

Multiple league sources say that Skiles, who is in the final year of the five-year contract he signed in 2008, has informed the Bucks that he does not want a contract extension, and is resigned to the fact that he will be elsewhere next season.

The Bucks, sources say, have told Skiles to keep an open mind, and in case he has a change of heart, they would be willing to talk about another deal. Usually, teams that really want someone back — a player, a coach, whomever — figure out a way to make it happen. But the Bucks have done nothing substantive toward offering Skiles a new deal. Both sides appear willing to play out the season, and there is no animosity either way, sources said; Skiles is fond of owner Herb Kohl, and vice versa.

Apparently, with this information out there publicly, either the team or Skiles (or both) felt that it was best to make a clean break mid-season.

Assistant coach Jim Boylan gets the interim tag in Milwaukee for now, and there’s no reason to believe that a Bucks team with virtually no expectations this season would bother to hire someone from outside the organization to replace Skiles for a little more than half of the season that remains.

Skiles had coached in Milwaukee since the 2008-09 season, and left with a record of 162-182 over that span, which included a trip to the postseason.

  1. orenthalsimpson - Jan 8, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    20 plus seasons in the NBA, Scott Skiles has yet to crack a smile…..

  2. jb24fan - Jan 8, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Yes!!!!!!!! Finally we are free of asinine rotations.

    • mazblast - Jan 8, 2013 at 1:35 AM

      You don’t know that for sure. You only know that the rotations may wind up being different. Boylan’s rotations could also be bad.

  3. dannomac21 - Jan 8, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Can you even say that Skiles had rotations? He subbed players in and out yeah, with no continuity or flow of the game whatsoever. Seemed drunk more than half the time. Let’s start and play Ersan 33 minutes this game, and then play him off the bench 13 minutes the next.

    Thank God! Now let’s get a new owner!

  4. roanboon - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Hopefully the next coach can address this fact: Of the 32 NBA players at the guard position averaging at least 14 PPG, Ellis and Jennings are tied for last in FG percentage as of Jan 6.

  5. 00maltliquor - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Stan Van Gundyyyy!!!!

    • dko83 - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:44 AM

      I just want him back in the league, don’t care where.

  6. blarry21 - Jan 8, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    Yes, I would love Ron Jeremy… er, I mean Stan Van Gundy!

  7. blueintown - Jan 8, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    I hope Skiles gets another opportunity someday with personnel that fits his style. What he did with the Bulls to get them to turn the corner from annual bottom feeder to competitive squad is one of the more underrated coaching jobs in recent memory.

  8. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jan 8, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Skiles was the coach of the Jamal Crawford Heat-Killer All-Star Team. In the “Era” we’ve had as tough a time with the Bucks than pretty much anyone else. Only see the Bucks 3 or 4 times a year, but he seems like a really good coach to me.

    • cantonbound13 - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      Didn’t you want Spoelstra fired before last year? Or was that another bandwagon Heat fan? You’re all the same.

  9. cantonbound13 - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Bring back Nellie & his fish ties!

  10. mvp43 - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    The Bucks do not have that “Super Star” that is required in today NBA, but they have more than a few very good players. If they could just attract one of those bigtim erplayers, the Bucks could be a great team.

  11. frankgarrett - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    HEY PHIL !! COME TO MILWAUKEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. bougin89 - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    To say “Bucks team with virtually no expectations this season” is pretty harsh. They have some decent pieces that they can build with. Are they a legit title contender? I’d say no. But articles like this basically slamming small market teams are whats wrong with the NBA. So we didn’t build a super team so we have “virtually no expectations this season” even though we have some decent potential and two players that can really light it up at times(although both are very inconsistent). Should we just give up and trade away the talent we have and lay down to get high draft picks and cap room? Frustrating read…

  13. thomaskouns - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    No wonder he wanted out, he had a volume shooting/no D/no pass backcourt of Jennings and Ellis.

  14. boiler72 - Jan 8, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    As a life-long, die-hard Bucks fan, these are my choices …

    1.Jack Sikma
    2. Jack Sikma
    3. Jack Sikma

    • cantonbound13 - Jan 8, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      Where’s Brad Lohaus, Sidney Moncrief, Paul Pressy or Mokeski?

  15. roanboon - Jan 8, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    As of jan 7, of the 32 players at either guard position averaging at least 14 points-per-game, Jennings and Ellis are tied for very last in shooting percentage. Hopefully the new coach can change that.

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