After spending four-plus seasons as the head man in Milwaukee, Scott Skiles and the organization have mutually decided to part ways this week. The team has hired veteran assistant Jim Boylan to replace Skiles for the remainder of the 2012-2013.
General manager John Hammond told ESPN that he and Skiles engaged in numerous conversations recently about the future and direction of the team and that there was no single factor behind the decision to make a change.
“Scott and I did not have a frosty relationship. Scott did not hate this team,” said Hammond, who noted that more than half the season remains. “We’re not a team in dire straits … we’re expecting good things to happen…It was a mutual decision. We both agreed to make this decision.”
Interestingly, an almost identical chain of events took place back in 2007 when the Chicago Bulls dismissed Skiles after starting 9-16 and hired none other than Boylan, who finished the year 24-32 and was let go at the end of the season.
This time around the decision does not appear to be solely related to the team’s success, as Milwaukee posted a respectable 16-16 mark under Skiles before his departure. He was sometimes criticized for his defensive-minded approach not being able to mesh with a roster of scorers, including Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, but it’s unclear if that was the catalyst for the change.
Skiles joins Mike Brown and Avery Johnson as coaches that have seen their seasons abruptly come to an end. Skiles’ agent Todd Glass said it’s too early to tell if and when Skiles when return to coaching.
“Today is not the day for that … but I’m sure we will discuss that in the next month or so,” he said. “But he’s not burning right now.”