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Milwaukee Bucks fire interim coach Jim Boylan, as expected

May 1, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

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Jim Boylan was given an impossible task — take over a mismatched Milwaukee Bucks roster in the middle of the season when Scott Skiles walked away (after five years) and try to make something of it. Oh, and here is J.J. Redick, can you make him mesh with Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. Thanks. Have fun.

Boylan went 22-28 with the Bucks, who slumped at the end of the season then were swept out of the playoffs by the Miami Heat.

Wednesday the Bucks swept Boylan out of the coach’s seat, letting him go, something first reported by Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on twitter and later confirmed by the organization. Boylan was a Wisconsin guy (he was the point guard on Marquette’s 1977 national championship team) but this wasn’t a great fit.

“At this time we feel it’s in the best interest of the organization to seek a new coach to lead our team,” Bucks GM John Hammond said in a released statement. “We appreciate Jim’s efforts not only in his time as head coach, but in his entire tenure as a coach in Milwaukee. On behalf of the Bucks organization, I thank Jim for his five years here and his many contributions on and off the court. We wish Jim and his wife, Jane, the best.”

It’s a little early to have a frontrunner for his job, but there has been a buzz around the league for a while that the Bucks have interest in Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson (who also will interview with the Bobcats). Stan Van Gundy is a target as well, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (although that seems less a fit).

Firing Boylan was expected, it’s one of a lot of steps the Bucks need to make this summer to revamp the team. That should start with trying to decide what kind of team they want to build and not just assembling pieces. Next would come dealing with the backcourt — Redick and Ellis are unrestricted free agents, Jennings is a restricted free agent (meaning the Bucks can match any offer Jennings gets).

But in the midst of that, the Bucks need to find a new coach, also.

  1. cantonbound13 - May 1, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Trade Jennings, not sure you can win with that guy.

  2. padraighansen - May 1, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Hammond is part of the problem, not part of the solution.

  3. mazblast - May 1, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    If a team has been mediocre for so many years under as many coaches as the Bucks, the problem may not be just in the coaching. I suggest that Herb Kohl look a little farther up the food chain.

  4. bikingscr016 - May 1, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    I suggest Herb Kohl step aside and let someone from this century run the organization. Too old, too out of touch.

  5. convincedofthehex - May 1, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    I still can’t figure out why they traded for Redick if they weren’t going to make a serious attempt to utilize him. His minutes in the playoffs were a joke. I have no idea if he wants to resign there, but Boylan’s coaching sure wasn’t a help. While Redick may not be a plus defender, he made tremendous improvement in Orlando playing for SVG, who demands alot out of his players on defense. Orlando is thanking you for Harris.

  6. bux1022 - May 1, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Who cares it’s Milwaukee first of all!
    Second of all it’s Milwaukee!

    If the story isn’t about beer, than frankly Charlotte we don’t give a damn!

    • tuberippin - May 1, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      Yeah, who cares about Milwaukee? It’s not like the Bucks have had great players on their roster in the past, like Oscar Robertson, or Lew Alcindor, or Ray Allen, or… wait…

      • jimmymarlinsfan - May 1, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        With all due respect that’s like a marlins fan saying but wait, we had Sheffield, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Lowell, etc.

      • tuberippin - May 1, 2013 at 9:51 PM

        Fair enough. The difference is that the Marlins ownership sold off all those players, as they do routinely every few years.

        Milwaukee is not an irrelevant franchise. They have a history. Now, if we were talking about the Bobcats…

      • jimmymarlinsfan - May 1, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        But the Marlins have more titles than the Bucks do…just saying

      • tuberippin - May 2, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        Also true. Touche.

  7. drewvt6 - May 1, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Man, I’m glad they did this! Without this coach the Bucks mid-major backcourt would have surely grown 6″ taller and been able to keep up with Miami…..or any NBA backcourt.

  8. glink123 - May 1, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    The Bucks should be sold to Ballmer and relocated to Seattle.

  9. jrazz22 - May 1, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Al Sharpton and Reggie Jackson have no issues with this.

    • patfic15 - May 1, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      Jackson seems ok tonight…a little off, but I think he will rebound and have a great game.

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