The Milwaukee Bucks and coach Scott Skiles have agreed to part ways immediately, USA Today Sports has learned. Story to come.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) January 8, 2013
The source which broke the news decided to stay anonymous as the team has yet to announce the move.
Skiles has been with the team since the 2008-09 season and has compiled a record of 162-182. The Bucks had qualified for the postseason just once (2009-10, lost in first round) during his tenure.
He first started coaching back in 1999-2000 with the Phoenix Suns and has a record of 443-433 over a 13-year span.
This was to be his last year coaching the Bucks. Scott was in the final year of his contract and had told the team that he would not be returning next season, even though management had told him to keep an open mind so that they could possibly offer him another deal.
Assistant Coach Jim Boylan will now take over as Head Coach. This is the second time Boylan will be taking over for Skiles after a firing, as the same situation took place during his tenure with the Chicago Bulls back in 07-08.
Milwaukee currently sits 7th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 16-16 (.500). The team has lost four straight games.
So what went wrong exactly?
Well, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports seems to know why.
Close coaching friend of ex-Bucks coach Scott Skiles tells Y! Sports: "Scott hated his team."
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 8, 2013
As a defensive-minded coach, perhaps having to deal with players as offensive-oriented as his two main stars (Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis) became overbearing and caused sides to butt heads. It’s not entirely clear as to what went down behind closed doors with Scott and his players.
Skiles might not be the only one heading out of town either. Both Jennings and Ellis can become free-agents at the end of the season. General Manager John Hammond is also in the final year of his deal as well.