The Milwuakee Bucks aren’t having the season they were hoping they’d be having, and it has cost head coach Scott Skiles his job. Skiles was let go late last night amid speculation that Skiles had lost the Bucks locker room. Veteran assistant Jim Boylan has been promoted to finish the season and try to pick up the pieces in Milwaukee.
Bucks general manager John Hammond carefully worded his statements regarding whether or not the rumors of Skiles losing control of the team were true or not.
“Scott and I did not have a frosty relationship. Scott did not hate this team,” said Hammond, who noted that more than half the season remains. “We’re not a team in dire straits … we’re expecting good things to happen.”
But according to Yahoo! Sports insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Skiles privately told a close friend that he “hated” the Bucks and wanted a way out.
Close coaching friend of ex-Bucks coach Scott Skiles tells Y! Sports: “Scott hated his team.”
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 8, 2013
Skiles has spent five season with the Bucks and leaves Milwaukee with 162-182 record. Things haven’t been totally disastrous for Skiles in Milwaukee, but ever since the Bucks acquired the high flying, flashy scorer Monta Ellis, Skiles style of defensive basketball hasn’t meshed well with the direction of where the team is going with it’s roster.
Larry Sanders has been a total invention of Scott Skiles, but while Skiles has a defensive monster like Sanders, Brandon Jennings and Ellis have shown that the Bucks can compete by outscoring their opponent rather than holding them down. The Bucks front office apparently like how that sounds, and have decided to go in that direction.