USA Today’s Sam Amick reported Monday night that the Bucks and coach Scott Skiles decided to mutually part ways according to a person familiar with the discussions.
In Skiles’ five-year tenure with the Bucks he compiled a below-average record of 162-182 including a playoff run in the “Fear The Deer” season in ’09-’10. Milwaukee started out this season at a 16-12 record including victories against Boston and Miami before dropping four straight to level off at .500. The funny thing is that the Bucks front-office was actually about ready to let Scott Skiles go until that upset victory last week against the Miami Heat.
According to a tweet from Yahoo writer Adrian Wojnarowski, Scott Skiles just flat out hated this Bucks team which is not surprising at all because Skiles has been known to have clashes in the past with players (Stephen Jackson, Brandon Jennings, and Andrew Bogut) and has recently been burying players on the bench like Tobias Harris, Samuel Dalembert and the iconic Drew Gooden.
Close coaching friend of ex-Bucks coach Scott Skiles tells Y! Sports: “Scott hated his team.”
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 8, 2013
Scott Skiles has always been known as a defensive-minded coach since his days in Phoenix and has actually helped get the Bucks get average in that area – an impressive feat when you look at the current roster. The only defensive players of note are Marquis Daniels, Luc Mbah a Moute, Ekpe Udoh and Larry Sanders. The rest of the team earned playing time with offense, or perhaps worse, the promise of becoming competent on that end. That previous statement is crucial because NBA.com’s Steve Aschburner said that Skiles left Milwaukee because of arguments with the front-office when it came to rosters and rotations.
Staff in the front-office would rather see Monta Ellis or Brandon Jennings play on the court over a guy like Marquis Daniels because they’re more marketable and their skills can put butts in seats. They also play a specific style that is the complete opposite of what Skiles is about. Both Jennings and Ellis are inconsistent, high-volume shooters who play average to below average defense. One could tell by watching that Skiles had simply had enough during that 95-80 defeat against Indiana.
While Skiles is stepping down, Jim Boylan will be stepping in for the rest of the season as the interim head coach. Boylan has been a wing-man of sorts to Skiles dating back to Scott’s Chicago days and actually replaced him in Chicago when he was fired on Christmas Eve in 2007.
It’s still undecided if the departure of Skiles will bring the troops together to lead the team back to the top of the Central division or fall deeper into the abyss of the weak Eastern Conference. It is safe to say that the Bucks will be making some drastic changes in the next month before the trade deadline on February 21st. No matter if it’s trading Ellis or Jennings to a contending team or trying to going over the top with a trade for a player like Rudy Gay. The Bucks are potentially about to enter a strange new era in the upcoming months; they may quite soon have new coaches, players, general managers and even a new potential owner.