Jim Boylan will not be back as the coach for the Bucks next season. By all accounts and a bit of first-hand experience, he was a decent and personable man. He never really had a fair shake at being a head coach in either of his two stints, and now he probably won’t gain another chance to try.
So the Bucks need a new head coach. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bucks have targeted Stan Van Gundy and Kelvin Sampson. John Hammond wasn’t specific about much of anything in his Wednesday afternoon press conference, but according to Wojnarowski, the Bucks’ focus lies on the defensive end.
“Bucks general manager John Hammond wants a hands-on coach strong on the defensive end of the floor and a restoration of discipline within the locker room.”
So they want… Scott Skiles?
In a sense, they do.
Sometimes when I listen to the radio, I will hear a song that I know backward and forward. Years ago when I first heard it, its rhythms and chord progressions and lyrics made the little hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Now they don’t. I want to hear that song again, but not for the 500th time. For the first time.
The Bucks want their Skiles back — for better or for worse. They don’t want the 2012 version of Skiles whose voice had been tuned out by his players. They don’t want the Skiles who came back in the final year of his contract because he couldn’t agree on a buyout. Instead, they want the Skiles of five years ago — the one with a fresh sound.
Honestly, it’s hard to fault them for that.