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Scott Skiles and Milwaukee Bucks part ways, Jim Boylan named Interim Head Coach

| January 8, 2013

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Scott Skiles is out as Bucks coach, effective immediately. (Photo: Mike Zarrilli/ Getty Images)

The Milwaukee Bucks are making national news!  At….11:30 at night.

From Sam Amick at USAToday Sports:

Milwaukee Bucks and coach Scott Skiles have agreed to part ways, according to a person familiar with the discussions.  The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the team had yet to announce the move.

Skiles was 162-182 as Bucks coach since the 2008-2009 season and had led the Bucks to one playoff trip in his tenure in Milwaukee.  The Bucks started out of the gate hot this season, getting to records of 6-2 and 16-12, before a recent four-game slide pushed the Bucks down to the eight seed in the standings with an all-too-familiar .500 record.

This move certainly escalated quickly, as reports surfaced today that Skiles would likely not stick around at the end of this season.

Like Amick also stated in his post, this move may be the first of a series of crucial decisions the Bucks have to deal with by season’s end.  General Manager John Hammond is in the final year of his contract, and backourt mates Brandon Jennings (restricted free agent) and Monta Ellis (player option) are all free to leave at the end the season.

Assistant coach Jim Boylan will assume the head coaching duties for the time being.

 

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  1. R.J. says:

    First off, we have 5 guys being paid nearly 7 million plus this year:
    Beno Udrih
    Monta Ellis
    Ersan Ilyasova
    Drew Gooden
    Samuel Dalembert

    I mean why pick up Dalembert and sit him all year??? Dude is shooting 60% and Larry Sanders to back him is a great threat. Then you have Ilyasova, Gooden, Udoh, and Henson at the 4. Mbah a Moute, Dunleavy, and Daniels at the 3. We have 3 PG in Ellis, Jennings, and Udrih and a bench guy in Lamb. The players aren’t being used properly and a trade needs to be made as well. A true shooting guard is needed to be effective. Jennings and Ellis are great on a team together, but don’t need to spend much time on the court at the same time. Trade anyone for a nice SG like Kevin Martin from OKC.

    How about this line-up:
    Jennings
    Kevin Martin
    Mbah a Moute
    Larry Sanders
    Dalembert

    OR

    Jennings
    Martin
    Mbah a Moute
    Ilyasova
    Dalembert

    Share some of Udoh’s minutes with Gooden. You can bring Beno off the bench at the 1 or the 2. At 3,4, and 5 we have depth everywhere. Find some chemistry!!! And bring in Tobias Harris earlier than the final seconds of the game. The kid has a nice game and is shooting 49% on the year. I can’t watch Jellis chuck up tons of shots and hit on a majority of them once a week.

    And grab another SG why you’re at it. If you can keep Ellis and pull this off, then do it. John Hammond: Make a move, what is there to lose. You have a good team that can be great. I don’t understand Skiles playing the players he has been playing. This isn’t a team that is rebuilding for 4 years from now. We are capable of taking the East but are a few moves away from that. Let’s make a deal, excite Milwaukee beyond the point of sneaking into the playoffs. GO BUCKS GO!!!

    • Ben says:

      Not trying to be mean but why would OKC trade Martin? They’re the best team in the league, they’re not going to trade someone that is key to their team and Martin is a FA at the end of the year so he could just leave the Bucks in free agency. Giving Gooden more minutes probably wouldn’t be a good idea and Dalembert may make $7 million this year but he’s an expiring contract. With the way Udoh and Sanders have been playing they haven’t really needed to play Dalembert.

  2. Justin says:

    Be careful what you wish for

  3. Patti says:

    Yeah…we’ll see. There are reasons why Skiles did what he did as a coach. Having Skiles leave mid-season could go either way. I just hope this isn’t an indication that this team is a coaching nightmare.

  4. Matthew says:

    Sadly, I think this is for the best, there’s no point in having a “lame duck” coach the rest of the year.

    Now, the only thing I DON’T like about this is that Jim Boylan is a “disciple of Skiles.” This is actually the second time Boylan has taken over a “Fired Skiles team.” I hope he’s not Skiles 2.0. When he took over for Skiles in Chicago he went 24-32 (.429%) I would like to see better than that. I would also like to see Dalembert in the game tonight…just saying…

    Fun fact: Skiles when he was fired from Chicago also had 16 losses.

    Honestly, I kind of wish they would’ve made Moncrief the interim coach only because he seems to be more of a players coach-type. 1) He’s a retired-jersey Bucks alum, 2) He’s still a defensive-minded coach. How awesome would that have been. Oh well. I’ll get behind Boylan for now.

    Furthermore, say it with me… KELVIN SAMPSON Next Season!!!

    • Sillybilly says:

      Who were the Bucks coaches before Skiles? I think you’re going to wish we had him back by seasons end.

  5. JP says:

    HIRE STAN VAN GUNDY! HIRE STAN VAN GUNDY TOMORROW! COME ON, BABY!