When your car breaks down, you hire a mechanic to fix it. When you have ragged shrubs, a landscaper. Leaky pipes, a plumber.
That was the message the Bucks sent Monday, when they hired Skiles to replace
Enter Skiles. Setting aside the 2007-2008 season, when the Bulls' turmoil -- some of which could have been attributed to Skiles, who was fired in December -- sabotaged Chicago from the start, Skiles' teams have regularly been among the toughest defensively. In Skiles' three full seasons in Chicago, the Bulls ranked first in field-goal defense twice and were second once. Skiles has been credited with developing center
Skiles will have his hands full with the Bucks, who punctuated their horrible defensive season by surrendering 151 points to Chicago in their penultimate game. Center
Skiles might not have a lot of new faces to help him mold the team into a better defensive unit, either. The Bucks don't have the salary-cap space (they already have $62.4 million committed to 10 players for next season) or enough marketable commodities to drastically change their team in one offseason. (Milwaukee is projected to have the seventh pick in the June 26 draft.)
It will be interesting to see how some of Milwaukee's veterans -- particularly Redd -- respond to their new coach. Skiles is a drill sergeant: He does things his way and expects everyone around him to fall in line. That attitude, while largely effective (Skiles has a career .528 winning percentage, including 2½ seasons with Phoenix before his stint in Chicago), has rubbed some of his former players the wrong way.
Skiles will be given plenty of latitude to rebuild the Bucks, as new general manager