In a move foreshadowed by owner Herb Kohl ever so slightly after the Bucks preview luncheon, the Milwaukee Bucks have extended the contracts of both General Manager John Hammond and Coach Scott Skiles. From the Bucks:
The Milwaukee Bucks have exercised the option on the contract of General Manager John Hammond, and extended the contract of Head Coach Scott Skiles, the team announced today. The agreements keep both Hammond and Skiles in their respective positions with the Bucks through the 2012-13 season.
“John and Scott do an outstanding job for our basketball team,” said Herb Kohl, team president. “They work very well together and are each highly respected by the players and among their peers. In a short time together, they have brought our team to a very high level of performance.”
Milwaukee certainly encountered more success last season than they had in quite a while and the team’s off season has generally been met with praise, but it’s still a little surprising to see both receive an extension before this season. What if the big Drew Gooden signing ends up as the Bucks version of the Jeff Suppan Brewers fiasco? What if Skiles burns the players out as he has in both his previous stints as a head coach?
Anyone could sit around all day shouting what ifs though. For the first time since Ernie Grunfeld and George Karl manned the roles, the Bucks have some stability in their front office. Few teams win by bringing in a new coach and new general manager every few years and Bucks fans can certainly attest to that. Terry Porter, Terry Stotts and Larry Krystowiak all manned the Bucks big chair after Karl left and none of them had much success. None seemed to have much support from the front office either, therefore all of them faced their share of difficulty getting the players on the court to play the way they would have liked.
Skiles has had incredible success getting players on the same page, his page, in his two seasons in Milwaukee and now with complete support of ownership, is set up nicely to avoid the burn outs he’s encountered in Phoenix and Chicago.