On Monday, it was reported that Scott Skiles was out as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks; assistant Jim Boylan will take over for the rest of the season. Bucks GM John Hammond said Skiles’ departure was a mutual decision; it was made official on Tuesday.
NBA.com reported earlier that Skiles told the Bucks he didn’t want to come back after this season but that the team had asked him to keep an open mind and that they might be willing to offer him about another deal.
In the five seasons, Skiles had a 162-182 record and one playoff appearance; with his 12-plus years as a head coach in the league he has accumulated an overall record of 443-433.
Skiles is known as a hard-nose, defensive-minded coach whose stern approach usually gets the team’s attention to respond positively, but wears on the players to the point where they zone him out.
Right now, the Bucks are at .500 with a 16-16 record and are on a four-game losing skid. They’re in seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.
The small-market team has other problems to worry about after this season. General manager John Hammond is in the final year of his contract. Guard Brandon Jennings will be a restricted free agent after this season and Monta Ellis has an opt out clause in his contract after this season.