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Gardner: Boylan out as Milwaukee Bucks coach

| May 1, 2013

Category: Coaching

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Boylan, after Milwaukee's final loss of the 2012-13 season. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Boylan, after Milwaukee’s final loss of the 2012-13 season. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Head Coach Jim Boylan will not be brought back by the Milwaukee Bucks according to Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

Jim Boylan is out as Bucks coach, source indicates. He went 22-28 at end of season after replacing Scott Skiles. Bucks will begin search for new coach after five years with Skiles and Boylan leading the staff. Skiles coached four-plus seasons in Mke.

The news is about as unsurprising as news can get, as Milwaukee was unceremoniously swept in four games against the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs after a decidedly mediocre season under initially Scott Skiles and then Boylan.

Skiles took Milwaukee’s head coaching job in 2008 after a 26-56 season under Larry Krystowiak. The next coach will be the third brought on by John Hammond, who reportedly received a three-year extension shortly after Skiles and the team parted ways.

Hammond’s comments on the situation, per a press release by the team:

“At this time we feel it’s in the best interest of the organization to seek a new coach to lead our team,” said Hammond. “We appreciate Jim’s efforts not only in his time as head coach, but in his entire tenure as a coach in Milwaukee. On behalf of the Bucks organization, I thank Jim for his five years here and his many contributions on and off the court. We wish Jim and his wife, Jane, the best.”

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  1. Justin says:

    Dang.. and he was doing such a bang up job

  2. Kevin says:

    Apparently the Bucks have two top candidates in mind right now: Kelvin Sampson, and unsurprisingly, Stan Van Gundy. Everyone without a coach (which is a lot of teams right now) will be going at SVG, so the chances of us landing him are pretty unlikely. But if any coach will be able to bring out the best in Sanders, I think it’ll be him.

    • Sfisch says:

      Think the Bucks can do better than Stan or Kelvin.
      Let’s use our imagination!!! The floor is open for
      nominations! Does anyone think Sidney Moncrief is
      a good candidate? Byron Scott? Any great college
      coaches out there who might be able to make the
      transition to the NBA?

      God bless to Jim Boylan. It’s tough to be a head
      coach in a league where Kobe Bryant checks himself
      into games. Didn’t Al McGuire say he didn’t want to
      coach in a league where the players made more money
      than he did?

      • DukeH says:

        SVG would be the safest pick for a head coach and I’d rather go with a known than try to find the next Popovich, I’d make an exception for Kareem but that’s only because he’s Kareem.

        • Sfisch says:

          I wasn’t there, but it seemed like Stan Van Gundy
          got pushed around by Dwight Howard. I know it’s
          difficult for coaches to control their superstars
          (e.g. Kobe checking himself into games), but I
          would be higher on Stan if he had kicked Dwight
          in the ass — literally or figuratively or both.

          I turns out that Dwight left anyway, and Stan was
          fired anyway, so Stan didn’t have much to lose, as
          it turns out. I think you appeal nicely to a player
          the first time or two, but then you give him a
          swift kick — for his own good and the good of the team,
          as well as for the the dignity and sanity of the coach.

          I’d rather go for the next Popovich. Are there any
          up-and-coming assistants out there?

          I’m interested to hear why Kareem might be a good
          choice, but not only did he bail on Milwaukee as
          a player (one of my rude awakenings growing up as
          a wide-eyed 12-year-old), but he brutally punched
          our first-round draft pick in the face (Kent Benson),
          which could have had a lot to do with why he never
          reached his promise as a player. I can forgive
          Kareem, but don’t necessarily want him as our coach.

          If we’re going with ex-players, what about Sidney?

  3. The Milwaukee Bucks need to find a coach who will take control of the players and make them want to play for him. This man is the perfect solution: http://the3rdmanin.blogspot.com/2013/04/kareem-abdul-jabbar-needs-to-make.html

    • flyingking says:

      cool idea dan.
      i met him again at the opening of his film.
      very intelligent.

  4. ATM says:

    The coach isn’t the problem with the Bucks. They should dump the GM who traded for Monta Ellis, the one man team wrecker.