Scott Skiles and Bucks Part Ways

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According to Sam Amick of USA Today, the Milwaukee Bucks and Scott Skiles have decided to divorce after a five year long relationship.  Skiles was in the final year of his contract, but interestingly enough, didn’t want to extend his contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. 
 
Skiles was 162-182 during his tenure with the Bucks, but only led the Bucks to one playoff appearance where they lost to the Hawks in 7 games.  This season the Bucks are 16-16, but they've lost four games in a row.  Skiles has always been a defensive minded coach, but he's always felt like his roster was only filled with offensive minded players. 

"The real challenge is we've had a couple of years in a row where ... we didn't buy into our defensive system," said Skiles during the offseason.  "If we do that, we'll be a good defensive team. If we don't, we won't. That's the real challenge, getting guys to buy in on that on the floor, give the effort, focus and concentrate as necessary to be a good defensive team."

With the emergence of Larry Sanders, the Bucks did have some defensive interior presence, but it was their perimeter defense that was always the problem.  Even with the All Star play of Brandon Jennings (contract year) and Monta Ellis, the two guards have always been more offensive minded than defensive minded, which often leads to a lot of defensive break downs.

Assistant coach, Jim Boylan, will now take over as the interim head coach until the Bucks decide to hire someone else.
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