The Milwaukee Bucks and coach Scott Skiles have decided to part ways, according to a report by USA Today.
Yahoo! Sports is reporting Bucks' assistant Jim Boylan will take over as head coach on an interim basis.
Skiles posted a record of 162-182 since becoming the team's coach for the 2008-09 season, reaching the playoffs just once in four years.
This season the Bucks stand at 16-16 and have currently lost four straight games.
Overall, Skiles has a career coaching mark of 443-433 in 13 seasons with the Suns, Bulls and Bucks.
I think this is the right move. Skiles is a tough defensive coach and the personel on this team wasnt equipped with that mindset.
Wish Keith Smart and Geoff Pettrie would follow suit.
Good move on his part IMO. He was a lame duck and didn't even want to come back. Coaching Jennings and Monta every day must be equally infuriating and deflating.
Thank goodness. Great coach, he's been a bad fit for the roster (in my opinion) for some time now. But you have to respect what he's done with what he's had. When Bogut was healthy, the Bucks looked like they were possibly on their way...
If I was an owner, why would I ever give a job again? He flames out of spots
Yeah you make a good point. Skiles is known to irritate everyone on his team until they quit on him forcing the GM to fire him basically. Skiles obviously knows his basketball, but his people skills undercut that after a few seasons.
He's a good coach. I think he's good at getting teams from point A to point B, but not point B to point C. He's also good at getting players to play hard and making the most out of lesser talent.
I appreciated him when he was with the Bulls, but guys like him have a shelf life for a team...well, most coaches do. At some point, players get sick of hearing the same voice and the same message, which I think was the case with Skiles in Chicago. He wasn't getting the same response from the players, so he felt like he lost the team.
I don't know exactly what happened in Milwaukee, but I did hear reports that he wanted to leave after last season, but couldn't come to a buyout agreement with management. Skiles isn't the type of guy who's satisfied with being a player manager. He wants to coach players and maybe he just couldn't get through to these guys. You look at the personnel and it just wasn't a Skiles type team. Skiles likes toughness, heady play, defense and grit. In the back court you got a couple of chuckers who consistently break off plays (and they happen to be the team's 2 best players) and soft players up and down the roster. I think them acquiring Monta was the beginning of the end for Skiles.