Milwaukee Bucks and John Hammond working on contract extension
Hammond met with the media Tuesday morning to discuss the mutually agreed upon departure of Head Coach Scott Skiles.
Hammond was hired in April of 2008 shortly after the Bucks fired General Manager Larry Harris in the midst of a 26-56 season. Hammond won the Executive of the Year award after the 2009-10 season in which the surprising Bucks won 46 games and took the Atlanta Hawks to the seventh game of the first round of the playoffs.
That has been Milwaukee’s only playoff birth in Hammond’s five years, as the team has struggled to rebound from a devastating injury to Andrew Bogut late in that 2009-10 season. Without Bogut, the team has stocked up on slightly above average talents, while failing to procure another star quality player. The absence of a star doomed the Bucks into ninth place finishes in each of the last two seasons.
Milwaukee is currently eighth in the Eastern Conference after a four game losing streak dropped the Bucks record to 16-16 and helped push Skiles out the door.
Despite the loss of Skiles, Hammond appears as committed as ever to the Bucks making the playoffs this season.
Jim Boylan takes over for the rest of the season. “Our goals haven’t changed,” Hammond said. “We still expect to have a good season.”
— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) January 8, 2013