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Beno Udrih latest to pile on Scott Skiles coaching style

Feb 28, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

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Not many players would have been happy being shipped from a playoff bound Milwaukee Bucks to an Orlando Magic team that got routed by the Sacramento Kings Wednesday night.

But such was the atmosphere with the Bucks under former coach Scott Skiles that Beno Udrih is happy with the trade.

And he wasn’t just saying it because he was supposed to, check out the quote from the Orlando Sentinel.

“It was just a bad situation there. I’m a professional and I’m a man, so I like to be told straight-up what they expect from me. So, in Milwaukee, that never happened. They were saying, ‘Yeah, yeah, we know. We’ve got to play you a little bit more.’ But it never happened. So when I did get into the game I didn’t know what they actually wanted to do, so I was just trying to find it myself, and I never did.”

“I wanted a change. I wanted a new start, so I’m really happy to be here. I know Jacque and J.B. [James Borrego], the assistant coach. It’s just a really exciting moment for me and my wife.”

In the NBA, it’s being an Xs and Os coach isn’t enough, everyone can do that. And if you’re Phil Jackson and it’s not your forte, you hire an assistant who is a master (hello Tex Winter). For NBA coaches it’s about ego management and getting guys to buy into and fully believe in their roles.

Skiles has never been good at it. Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don’t Lie found this story and laid out the trends.

This is a problem you heard about in Skiles’ earlier turns in Phoenix and Chicago, and it’s not insignificant when paired with his clashes (or, to put it in nicer terms, “chilly relationships”) with his players. And who are these players? Tyrus Thomas. Eddy Curry. Beno Udrih. Jason Kidd and Brandon Jennings at times, among other lesser lights….

It’s the high potential players that Skiles has failed with. Witness Brandon Jennings’ stagnation since his rookie year. Look at the way Thomas, who worked his tail off during his rookie and second season only to be jerked in and out of the rotation and contests, seemed to give up on the game by his third year. Look at Tyson Chandler, who needed to get out of Chicago to stop looking over his shoulder and finally flourish.

It’s going to be interesting to see what direction the Bucks go this summer. Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis and J.J. Redick can all test the free agent market (the Bucks can match any offer to Jennings). The Bucks management needs to decide what kind of team they want to build and then find a coach to execute the plan. Right now they are a collection of players, they need more of an identity.

  1. mungman69 - Feb 28, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Is he just a crybaby or is there truth to his statement?

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Feb 28, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    There’s plenty of truth. You don’t even have to be on the inside in the league to know these things about Skiles.

    • lmoneyfresh - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      Yep. There’s a reason this guy burns through teams after a few years. His coaching style definitely seems to wear on his players.

  3. kb2408 - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Though I’m sure Skiles is a good coach, it just seems like he’d be better on the college level. Millionaire pros aren’t going to stand for his approach.

  4. ramblingalb - Feb 28, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Um, Skiles is no longer the coach. There’s no decision to be made going forward except whether or not to keep Boylan, who is never mentioned.

    Beno did not get any better after Skiles left either. As is usually the case with guys in denial about their playing time going down, Beno chooses to blame everyone except to accept the realization that he is getting older and simply is only a reserve at this stage of his career.

    One glance at his defensive metrics will tell you all you need to know about why he did not get many minutes in MIL, especially under Skiles.

  5. louhudson23 - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Heaven forbid these whining ass bitches just play the damn game .One coach per team.I do not see what communication is needed. The coach plays the players he feels give the team the best chance to win. If you aren’t playing,then all the communication you need is right there..Keep working on your game,practice hard and bust your ass when you get the chance.Communicate your desire and ability by showing up each season better than you were the last,in better shape than you were the last.Get better,play better.Coaches(and teammates) have been known to notice and appreciate such actions.

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