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January 16, 2013 Updates

Can you be more specific about what Skiles said that upset you? Sam Dalembert: No, I really don’t want to go into detail. I don’t want to go into it because it really hurt me. I had to express myself. I had to let him know where I’m coming from, the root of who I am today, what is defining me. It’s my country defining me. Anybody who knows me, you can ask any of my teammates, I am the most enthusiastic, happy person coming in the morning. I’m the player where I am always very respectful. I don’t know what happened between us. I’m not going to say that conversation was 100 percent the reason for what happened (not him being demoted) but for some reason there was nothing said to me again and everything went downhill. There was no explanation. There was no conversation. Nothing was said to me. He didn’t say, ‘Hey, this is what I want you to focus on or anything like that.’ It wasn’t just me. Other guys were going through the same thing with him, guys who have been here way before me. So you can only imagine what they were going through. For me, it was new. I never got a chance to know him or what he didn’t like about me. Racine Journal-Times

You may have heard the rumors that it was your fault and not Skiles’ fault for your demotion, that you were reporting late to games and practices, etc. Sam Dalembert: Listen, I’m not the only one who’s ever been late for a game. At some point in an 82-game season, somebody is going to be late. I wasn’t the only one on the team. But that’s not the reason for all of this. That one (where he was allegedly late), there was a cutoff time and I was in the hallway on the phone. I had something important to talk about and then I came back (in the locker room). That’s not being late for the game. But that’s got nothing to do with this. If I was late for one game, it was because of miscommunication. Ever since that time, I’ve never been late. Racine Journal-Times

January 13, 2013 Updates

Dwane Casey knows how changes can be made abruptly in the NBA. So the Toronto Raptors coach was not too stunned to hear that Jim Boylan was replacing Scott Skiles as Bucks coach a few days ago. Boylan's Bucks meet the Raptors in a Sunday matinee, Canadian style. "Nothing surprises me in the NBA," Casey said in his remarks to reporters about an hour before tip-off. "I've been there before, seen it, done it, been in that situation. "That's our league. Not trying to be flippant about it. There's different situations, circumstances or whatever it is. I do know Scott has done a good job with that team. They've got his personality. They play hard; they scratch, they claw. So you're in for a 48-minute fight. "That's what we're going to face today." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

The reality in Milwaukee is that coach Scott Skiles wanted out months ago, putting his house up for sale in the area and banking that he could get the Orlando job. It didn’t happen, and Skiles had no interest in a contract extension with a roster that is a strange combination of aging veterans, solid but not spectacular youngsters, and the backcourt of Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings, who can score but can’t defend. Boston Globe

January 11, 2013 Updates
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Then there was Brandon Jennings, who said he understood the business side but not the way the news was conveyed to him in particular. "Scott Skiles was my coach for four years. He was my first NBA coach. He was the guy who put the ball in my hands as a rookie and just told me to go, so I have nothing negative to say," he said. "I’m real shocked. The only thing was a little bit upset about is I had to hear from him first and not from the team. Scott called me last night and we talked for about 15-20 minutes. He was the first one to tell me that he wouldn’t be coming back. "It was tough on me a little bit, but I slept on it and I know it’s part of the business. So we just have to move on. But he told me to keep in contact with him, and I will. "To go out like this and the fact we’re still at .500 and No. 7 in the Eastern Conference is just a total shock to me. It’s going to be different for me, but I’m going to be ready." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

"I mean, the team didn't tell me. Scott told me," he said. "I think that's why I was a little frustrated at first -- just the fact that I had to hear it from my own coach and not from the team. If I'm supposed to be the franchise player, why don't I hear the news first? Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

So what did Skiles think of his team? The Bucks went 16-16 under his leadership this season and were tied for the seventh playoff position in the Eastern Conference, although they had lost four straight. "There's always the normal coach-player friction that goes on," Skiles said in an interview Tuesday afternoon. "Guys at this level are great players. This is, as NBA teams go, this is a good group of guys." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Scott Skiles is no longer the coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, according to a person familiar with the discussions. The person, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the team had yet to announce the move, said it was a mutual decision between Skiles and the team. USA Today Sports

A league source confirmed late Monday night that Scott Skiles is out as coach of the Milwaukee Bucks after four-plus seasons. The source said it was mutually agreed between the two parties that Skiles would no longer coach the Bucks, effective immediately. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Jim Boylan will take over as interim coach of the team beginning with Tuesday's home game against Phoenix, the source indicated. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

January 6, 2013 Updates

I chatted with Jackson after the game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center and, as usual, he didn’t pull many punches. When I asked Jackson whether he had talked to Bucks coach Scott Skiles, with whom he had a tumultuous relationship, since being dealt, Jackson looked at me incredulously and said, “Are you serious? … Are you serious?” He then paused, raised his voice and again said, “Are you serious? No, I haven’t talked to Scott Skiles. I wish him the best.” Racine Journal-Times

January 3, 2013 Updates

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