Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013
MILWAUKEE — Head coach Scott Skiles and the Milwaukee Bucks have decided to part ways after just over four seasons together, ending a working relationship that seemed to be teetering on the brink for quite some time.
The decision came Monday night, a person with knowledge of the move said, two days after the Bucks lost their fourth straight game to fall to 16-16 on the season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move has not been announced. USA Today first reported the parting.
Skiles was 162-182 and in his fifth season with the Bucks.
At first glance, the timing of the move might seem curious. Even after their latest loss, the Bucks were still in seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. But the hard-nosed, defensive-minded coach sometimes had difficulty meshing with a roster built around volume shooters Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, and it appeared to finally reach the breaking point after a 95-80 loss to the Pacers in Indiana on Saturday night.