HoopsHype Scott Skiles rumors

October 22, 2012 Updates

Skiles would not elaborate after the team shootaround at the Air Canada Centre and neither would Bucks general manager John Hammond. Sanders got into a tussle with Washington center Jan Vesely in the second half of the Bucks' 102-94 loss to the Wizards on Saturday. And he again questioned several referee calls at length. It's possible the Bucks are trying to send a clear message to the 6-foot-11 Sanders that he must control his emotions on the court. Sanders had several outbursts at the end of last season and was ejected from games against Oklahoma City and Indiana. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

August 19, 2012 Updates

Jennings knows there will be plenty of pressure to win this season, particularly with coach Scott Skiles and general manager John Hammond in the final year of contracts. And the Bucks are coming off a 31-35 finish during the lockout-shortened season, marking a second straight season missing the playoffs. "To be honest, I think everybody is (feeling pressure)," Jennings said. "We’re all on the bubble right now, because we need to win. There’s going to be a lot of pressure on all of us, not just the coaching staff or the GM. We all know this could be it so we need to turn it around right now." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

August 9, 2012 Updates

Veteran Joel Przybilla, officially signed Thursday by the Bucks, said a lunch meeting he had last week with general manager John Hammond and coach Scott Skiles helped sway his decision. "You can tell when someone wants you to be part of something special," the 32-year-old center said. "I think it's going to be a very good team. If some nights I don't play, I'm willing to accept that. We have a lot of young bigs and I can help teach the game at this point in my career." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

July 22, 2012 Updates
July 21, 2012 Updates

If Jacque Vaughn is named Orlando coach, he would become the fifth active NBA coach to coach a team he once played for. The other four currently in place with that distinction: Philadelphia's Doug Collins, Utah's Tyrone Corbin, Milwaukee's Scott Skiles, New York's Mike Woodson. Sulia

July 7, 2012 Updates

Milwaukee, not a long trip from the north suburbs, is also negotiating with Hinrich and according to a source, the Bucks, coached by former Bulls head coach Scott Skiles, who coached Hinrich in Chicago, offered the Iowa native a contract worth upwards of $4 million a year. CSN Chicago

June 29, 2012 Updates

While one source warned the lack of a deal is typical for this stage of negotiations, it's impossible not to see parallels with the Scott Skiles' situation from June 2005. Thibodeau's option for 2012-13 has been picked up. However, after progress on an extension preceding last season, the two sides lately have stalled on contract length and value. Chicago Tribune

June 6, 2012 Updates

"To me, he was more of a college coach," (Stephen) Jackson said of Skiles. "Me, personally, I need a coach that I can respect, that's proven in this league and doesn't mind taking advice from his players. When you have a great coach like Gregg Popovich, who asks about our opinion and cares about how we feel and what we think and what goes on off the court and at home, it's easy to play for those guys because you know they genuinely care. He was a young coach, a coach that really hasn't proven himself in this league as far as winning, so I saw a lot of things that I didn't agree with that he was doing and we were losing at the time, so we never could work together." Grantland

May 24, 2012 Updates

Orlando will hire the GM first and the look for a coach who is one the same page with the GM. Among the early candidates that are expected to be in the mix for the coaching opening are Golden State assistant Michael Malone; Pacers assistant Brian Shaw; and the Bucks' Scott Skiles, who is beloved in Orlando and is said to be open to leaving Milwaukee after missing the playoffs for a second straight season. CBSSports.com

May 23, 2012 Updates

Those who know Skiles well insist he would crawl to Orlando to be the Magic’s coach. Skiles not only has a house in the Orlando area but he played five years with the Magic while becoming one of their most beloved players ever. More importantly, Skiles is one of Richard DeVos Sr.’s all-time favorites. DeVos is the owner of the Magic. It’s hardly a secret DeVos wants an NBA title in the worst way and has to realize it would be foolish at this stage — especially if all-world center Dwight Howard remains in the Magic Kingdom — to bring in an untested young coach instead of a proven, quality coach like Skiles. Hiring Skiles would also be a p.r. bonanza for the Magic as their fans most certainly would embrace a Skiles’ “homecoming.’’ Racine Journal-Times

Let’s say there are more than few NBA officials that are amazed that Scott Skiles is still the coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. Skiles might even be one of them. An NBA official told me the other day that Skiles was so convinced he was toast in Beer Town that he cleaned out his office after the season, a season that was an unmitigated disaster, a season that marked the third time in Skiles’ four seasons with the Bucks that they didn’t make the playoffs. Racine Journal-Times

The scuttlebutt was that Skiles was going to agree to a buyout on the one year remaining on his contract for approximately $4.5 million. If that was indeed the case, the buyout presented by Bucks officials wasn’t to Skiles’ liking. Skiles, as his close friends will attest, doesn’t like leaving money on the table. So, as it stands, Skiles will be the Bucks’ coach next season, a lame duck one at that. It’s a position that could be highly combustible for Skiles, especially considering several of his minions aren’t fully supportive of him. Racine Journal-Times

May 22, 2012 Updates
May 4, 2012 Updates

But the Bucks owner said he is confident the team can take the steps necessary to become a playoff team. Milwaukee finished the past season with a 31-35 record and was eliminated from playoff contention in the final week. "Scott is one of the best coaches in the league, and I'm very pleased he's going to be with us next year," Kohl said at the team's Cousins Center training facility. "It's true about John Hammond. It's an outstanding team, I believe. "This is a results kind of business we're in, and you measure at some point, we all do, we measure ourselves by our results. We were supposed to be in the playoffs. We didn't get there. We should still be playing. We're not still playing. "So if you want to know whether or not we're happy, no we're not happy. Why should we be happy? But we're planning for next year, and I think with this continuity and the ability of Scott and John, as well as the staff and our players, there's a lot to be enthusiastic about. "And it's on that basis that we're going forward." Kohl said "we're looking for good and great results and a long and happy relationship." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

May 1, 2012 Updates

Scott Skiles will return to coach the Milwaukee Bucks next season. Skiles told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Tuesday that he would be back as the team's coach. His agent, Keith Glass, confirmed the decision in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. Glass said Skiles would not necessarily receive an extension before next season. Skiles has a year left on his contract, which was extended in 2010. ESPN.com

April 28, 2012 Updates

Bucks coach Scott Skiles also could size up the situation quickly. "We need size everywhere," Skiles said. "Most games, right at the jump ball, when you look at the two teams, the other team is noticeably bigger than us at almost every position on the floor. "It's just something that has to be addressed. The guys know it, too. They know we need to get bigger." Hammond said he wants the team to become more athletic, and he hopes to add size at the center position. "Whether that's a guy who could start for us, or a guy who could fill in as a rotation player, or maybe a guy you don't even need every single night," Hammond said. "Because you look around the NBA, not every team has a center." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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