If this was Scott Skiles’ last home game as the Milwaukee Bucks coach, and there are reports out there that it was, he and the Bucks certainly went out with a whimper.
In his final post game conference he handled questions the same way he always did. Until the last question. A reporter asked if he liked what he saw from his younger players in terms of their professionalism and attitudes.
Skiles stared straight ahead for several seconds before finally replying with a mumbled, “I don’t know.”
If those are indeed the unenthusiastic final words we hear from Skiles after a Bucks home game, it does make the pieces started to come together with a bit more ease.
If he’s not certain that he likes what he sees in the most basic terms, professionalism and attitude, from his younger players, that’s a pretty big strike in the con side for keeping his current job. Young players is a vague term, but the Bucks have a lot of young players. Everyone from Tobias Harris to Brandon Jennings to Ekpe Udoh could be referred to as a “young player.”
There are only 30 NBA head coaching jobs. Once someone moves into one of those jobs, it’s difficult to consider that they might remove themselves. Who steps away from such a high profile and difficult to obtain job? This seems like it’s been an especially trying season for Coach Skiles though. The Stephen Jackson situation. Brandon Jennings’ bizarre protest game and month long struggle that followed. A shift in team dynamic from an Andrew Bogut defensive centerd squad to the Jennings/Monta Ellis centered offensive powered middling team.
Apparently he’s seen enough.
It’s hard to blame him after a “meek” effort from the Bucks against the Philadelphia 76ers’ B Team.
Evan Turner torched the Bucks for 29 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Jodie Meeks dropped in 27 points on his old mates himself.
Milwaukee’s only regular starter to get minutes, Jennings, struggled to a 19 point six assist night while Harris looked comfortable offensively once again with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Defensively, Harris has tons of work to do, but at the very least, he’s a capable offensive player right now. How quickly he learns on the other end will be what decides his future.
As for the future of the rest of the Bucks, we’ll know a lot more in the next week.
Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball.com. He’d love it if you stopped by every time you wanted to buy something on Amazon and gave him some click-through love on the banner up on the top right. Also –Twitter.