For the third time this season, a team from the Association has had a shakeup at the head coaching position, as the “Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel” has reported that the Milwaukee Bucks and former bench boss Scott Skiles have agreed to a “mutual decision,” which resulted in Skiles leaving his position. The coach, was in the last year of his contract; his assistant Jim Boylan will take over the bench; ironically the man who replaced him in Chicago when the Bulls and Skiles parted company on Christmas Eve, 2007.
Bucks General Manager John Hammond, told reporters that they resolved the situation during a meeting between the G.M. and coach on Monday. The former NBA guard was in his fifth campaign with the club, leaving the squad this season with a record of 16-16 and an overall mark of 162-182. Milwaukee made it to the Post Season one time during his tenure, as the franchise finished his second season on the bench with a record of 46-36. Skiles wound up as runner-up to Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks as NBA Coach Of The Year, that season.
Rumors had surfaced that Skiles was unhappy in his position and that he could not stand his players; a scenario that Hammond stated had zero validity. The Bucks executive said “Scott and I met and we made this decision together. He did not hate this team. Scott and I were friends before we started working together and will be friends after this. This was a case of him to have to say ‘It’s not working for either of us,’ and that’s kind of the decision we made together. He didn’t walk away and say, ‘Boy, I’m glad that’s over.’ He was probably disappointed.”
Boylan is back into the position he inherited with the Bulls, trying to pick up the pieces after his former boss’ departure. He was not successful in his run with Chicago; as the team went 24-32 under his lead and released at the end of the campaign. Boylan and Hammond are hoping for a more successful run this go-round, which could lead to Boylan becoming the team’s bench boss for an extended contract.