Bucks, coach Scott Skiles 'part ways,' according to reports
The Milwaukee Bucks and head coach Scott Skiles have "parted ways," USA Today's Sam Amick reported early Tuesday morning. Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported via Twitter that the Bucks have named assistant Jim Boylan their interim head coach.
Skiles' tenure in Milwaukee, which lasted through parts of five seasons, appeared headed toward its demise by the end of this season. NBA.com's David Aldridge reported Monday that Skiles recently informed the Bucks that he did not want a contract extension for next season and that he was "resigned to the fact that he will be elsewhere next season."
The Bucks organization, however, urged Skiles to "keep an open mind" about an extension, Aldridge reported. Both sides were willing to let the season play out, but that changed sometime on Monday.
Wojnarowski reported that Skiles "hated his team":
Close coaching friend of ex-Bucks coach Scott Skiles tells Y! Sports: "Scott hated his team."
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 8, 2013
Skiles went 162-182 with the Bucks in parts of five seasons, taking Milwaukee to the NBA Playoffs just once in his tenure. They lost their 2010 first-round series to the Atlanta Hawks in seven games.
The Bucks are 16-16 this season, good enough for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. But they have lost four straight games.
Aside from Skiles, general manager John Hammond is also amid the final year of his contract with the team. And star guards Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis could become free agents. Jennings will be a restricted free agent, while Ellis can opt out of his contract.
Reacting on Twitter early Tuesday, Jennings thanked Skiles for "believing" in him:
Coach skiles love the way he Approached the game. Believed in me since I was a rookie, gave me the rock since day one. Thanks for everything — BRANDON JENNINGS (@justryod3) January 8, 2013