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Bucks hire Larry Drew as new coach

May 31, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

Larry Drew AP

UPDATE 6:40 pm: The Milwaukee Bucks have confirmed the hiring.

“We are pleased to reach an agreement with Larry Drew to become head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks,” said team GM John Hammond. “After a thorough search and interview process, it was clear to us that Larry’s track record in Atlanta, along with his experience as an assistant coach and player, make him the right choice to lead our club. We look forward to what he will bring to this franchise and we welcome him and his family to Milwaukee.”

5:55 pm: Kurt recently described the Atlanta Hawks’ identity under Larry Drew as “meh.”

The “meh” of teams has found the “meh” of coaches.

Larry Drew has agreed to terms with the Bucks, according to Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

In the last 12 years, the Bucks have made the playoffs five times but haven’t won a series. Their record has ranged from moderately bad (26-56) to moderately good (46-36). They have two seasons at exactly .500, a season one game over .500 and another season one game under .500.

Drew’s Hawks had a bland-but-OK offense and a pretty-good-but-not-great defense, making him a perfect fit with Milwaukee.

In all seriousness, Drew, who was forced out in Atlanta as Danny Ferry put his own mark on the Hawks, deserves to remain an NBA head coach. He took a team in transition and extended its playoff streak to six years, going 44-38, 40-26 and 44-38 in his three yeas at the helm.

Drew might be just another average or slightly above average head coach, but he’s shown enough signs of life that the Bucks can hope for a brighter future.

  1. fm31970 - May 31, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    This is very disappointing, but this is par for the course for the Bucks. I am more convinced than ever this team is headed to Seattle in a few years, and I would not at all be surprised to hear the Seattle group and Herb Kohl have begun behind-the-scenes negotiating. There will be no new arena in Milwaukee, but Seattle is building one. After what the Sacramento franchise just sold for, I don’t blame Mr. Kohl AT ALL for getting out in the next few years.

  2. gatordontplay - May 31, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    sucks for john henson

  3. magic407 - May 31, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Sucks for Milwaukee to lose their team… Larry is a good coach!

  4. saint1997 - May 31, 2013 at 7:06 PM


  5. dannymac17 - May 31, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    just move them to seattle.

  6. jameskocian - May 31, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    I actually like the hire for a few reasons.

    1. Coach Drew is a proven winner, with a recent series of winning records (it’s been awhile {George Karl} since we’ve had that.

    2. It’s NOT Sampson. Sampson DID have a relationship with BJ3, and I think Drew’s hiring is a good sign that Brandon may be done in MKE.

    3. Sloan/VanGundy were never going to even consider this job. Not in its current state of being. Change the culture, expectancy, and product (ala the Packers under Wolf/Holmgren) and then the perception and the jobs lucrativeness improve. Drew was the best of the rest.

    4. The Bucks have a few good, young players that need a winner’s cultivation and development. Sanders, Henson, and T̶o̶b̶i̶a̶s̶ ̶H̶a̶r̶r̶i̶s̶.

  7. moneymike23 - May 31, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    NBA, please do everyone here in Milwaukee a favor and relocate the Bucks to Seattle. This team is an embarrassment to the city and no one cares about them.

  8. bikingscr016 - May 31, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Moneymike, I bet you don’t live in Milwaukee. Your opinion=irrelevant

    • moneymike23 - May 31, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      Actually I do. Maybe my comment was over the top, but I’m a disgruntled former Bucks fan.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:01 AM

      Who are you a fan of now moneymike, the Heat? SMDH…bandwagoners….

  9. gbpakrfan - May 31, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    They can keep hiring and hiring and hiring and hiring and hiring and hiring and hiring and hiring new coaches and they will still stink up the floor….PATHETIC!

  10. chrisco716 - May 31, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Bad move.

  11. 00maltliquor - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    Now guys, Larry Drew did a damm fine job in ATL this season.

    However…I can feel your angst. This is NOT the big name to provide the sizzle to encourage top ti…uh…2nd bananas to sign in Milwaukee. I wish y’all coulda gotten Van Gundy. Drew is nice, but not the answer for THAT specific franchise.

  12. louhudson23 - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    Drew has had lots of practice handling the mental man-child that is Josh Smith,so Monta Ellis looks all the more likely to stay,since they have now hired a babysitter for him. Drew is a steady presence and a more than adequate coach who kept the Hawks disparate lineup together and competing.Nice to see him get another chance

  13. jr420eightball - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    The Bucks lost alot of games last year not because of talent but because of lack of coaching. Coach Scott Skiles was a dictator too stubborn to evolve with the new style, Interm coach Jim Boylan would put his 3rd stringers in the start of the 4th quarter when the games tied against the opponents 1st stringers – it really made no sense. I LOVE THE SELECTION!!! Good pick GM Hammond. Larry Drew took the Hawks to the playoffs without Joe Johnson which shows that he actuallys knows what the hell he’s doing because we all thought that once Johnson left the Hawks were not going to the playoffs. Not only did they go to the playoffs but they beat some pretty good teams and gave the Nets a nice run before being eliminated. Milwaukee definitely has the young players, salary cap space and high draft pick to make some noise next year. I think they’ll finish #4 in the East next year. GO BUCKS!!!

  14. mogogo1 - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Time will tell. I have no real vibe when it comes to NBA coaches. After the extremely small A-list guys, the rest are all pretty much the same. They succeed or fail basically based on their talent and the organization as a whole.

  15. sportsfan18 - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    The writer says their record has ranged from moderately bad (26 – 56)… This is moderately bad? It’s less than a .333 winning percentage. Losing a tad more than 2 games for each game won is moderately bad…?

    I don’t want him running my team if that is only considered moderately bad… I just looked up the records of the teams in the NBA lottery each year for the past 12 yrs or so… This moderately bad record would actually be around the 4th to 5th worst record each year (out of 14 teams now in the lottery, there were fewer a bit ago). Moderately bad and only being better than about 4 teams in the league… Guess he won’t be a GM anytime soon…

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