HoopsHype Scott Skiles rumors

April 28, 2012 Updates

Jennings said he was concerned about the possibility Skiles would not be back next season. "Personally, for me, yes," Jennings said. "Just the fact that he's been my coach for the first three years and I'm used to a system. That's a guy who I've played for. "Just his mentality, his will and approach to the game. The fact he expects you to play hard every night. He expects you to do the little things to be a better player. That's kind of grown on me since I've been here, so that's basically all I know." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

April 27, 2012 Updates

It’s no secret that Bucks coach Scott Skiles is on the hot seat. A report circulated that Skiles, who has one year remaining on his contract for nearly $5 million, is interested in reaching a buyout with Bucks owner Herb Kohl. Skiles and Bucks general manager John Hammond wouldn’t comment on the matter. But Keith Glass, Skiles’ representative, told me Thursday afternoon, “That’s news to me. I haven’t talked to anyone about that. I’d be surprised if that was true.” Racine Journal-Times

April 23, 2012 Updates

Shake up in Milwaukee coming? "Based on the conversations I've had, you just don't know what's going to happen. I would imagine the Bucks are going to make some major moves. Scott Skiles, John Hammond, I think they're both under the gun at this point." Would Hammond bring director of scouting Billy McKinney and assistant GM Jeff Weltman to Portland? "Those guys are joined at the hip. Billy McKinney and John Hammond grew up together in Illinois. They've been best of friends since they were kids. So that's a given. Weltman has been with John for the last five or six years so I can definitely see that as a scenario." Blazers Edge

April 19, 2012 Updates

Of course, that will be easily forgotten if the Bucks reach the playoffs, which has always been Kohl’s primary goal for his GMs and head coaches. By making the playoffs, Kohl would also save himself an exorbitant amount of money. Skiles and Hammond each have one more season left on their contracts: Skiles for around $5 million and Hammond for around $2 million. At the same time, nobody should be startled if Kohl swallows one or even both of those contracts. After all, Kohl is fully cognizant of the Bucks’ rapidly deteriorating fan base. Last season, the Bucks managed just four sellouts at the Bradley Center; this season, they’ve have had only two. The Bucks’ average attendance this season is 14,747, a franchise low. Racine Journal-Times

April 2, 2012 Updates

Nelson coached the Bucks from 1976-87 and compiled a 540-344 record. That is easily the most wins in Bucks’ history and his winning percentage of .661 is the best among the 11 coaches in franchise history. Current Bucks coach Scott Skiles began his pro playing career in Milwaukee in 1986 under Nelson. Skiles said Nelson made an impact on him and felt it was inevitable before Nelson would be accorded the game’s ultimate honor. “It seems obvious to me,” Skiles said of Nelson’s selection. “He’s won more games than anybody else. He did it with different franchises. He was a three-time coach of the year (in 1983, 1985 and 1992).” Racine Journal-Times

March 20, 2012 Updates

Skiles and Bogut continued to be odds at various times this season. In a game against Denver at the Bradley Center, Skiles benched Bogut for all but seven minutes of the second half. In that same game, Skiles benched Jackson for the entire second half. After the game, Jackson, who has never been bashful about expressing his feelings, verbally lashed out at Skiles. And it wasn’t for benching him; it was for benching Bogut. In Jackson’s opinion, Skiles disrespected a veteran and the team’s best player. Racine Journal-Times

March 14, 2012 Updates

The 7-foot center said he did not have a falling out with Skiles, his coach for the past four seasons. "Definitely not," Bogut said. "We got into it like anybody else. It's ridiculous. I never came out and said anything along those lines (of a rift). Skiles knew my value and that by defending you helped the team. "We got along for the most part. I demanded the best of him; he demanded the best of you. So be it." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

March 13, 2012 Updates
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Now, a month later, Jackson's relationship with Skiles seemingly has disintegrated. In an interview with Rod Burks of Channel 4 (NBC) in Milwaukee, Jackson said: "We don't have no relationship like I've had with other coaches and I don't expect to have one. Too much stuff has happened." Racine Journal-Times

Considering the strained relationship and Jackson's limited playing time and productivity, it's a given the Bucks will try to unload Jackson before the March 15 trading deadline. That won't be easy, though. Jackson is being paid $9.2 million this season and is guaranteed $10 million next season. That's a lot of money for a 33-year-old reserve player. Yet, there are some NBA officials who believe Jackson could be traded if he was part of a package, perhaps with talented young forward Irsan Ilyasova or perhaps with talented young point guard Brandon Jennings. Racine Journal-Times

February 3, 2012 Updates

That's why Bucks coach Scott Skiles pulled sardonic out of his toolbox for a pregame chat in Chicago the other night. The topic was luck, which he and his team know about in the same way the 99 percenters know about wealth. "We're all pretty foolish if we don't realize the effects of luck in life," Skiles said. "Pretty lucky the Bulls got Derrick Rose when you look at the percentages [in the 2008 Draft lottery]. That's very, very lucky. Very lucky that David Robinson went down that year ... that allowed the Spurs to get Tim Duncan [in 1997]. So there's always things out of people's control. "We've been on the wrong end of that and it's obviously hurt us. We're the type of team, we need all of our guys healthy and able and playing well to win our share of games. It is a little tiresome to always have to overcome guys being out. But it is what it is -- that's exactly what we have to do, try to overcome it." NBA.com

The Bucks released guard Darington Hobson on Friday morning, bringing their roster to 14 players, one shy of the league maximum. But coach Scott Skiles said no move was imminent to fill the empty roster spot. "We're always looking but it's not, right at this moment, leading to anything," Skiles said after the morning shoot-around at the Palace of Auburn Hills. "It's just a decision we made and it does free up a roster spot. "But as of today it doesn't have any relevance on any other move." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

January 18, 2012 Updates

Bucks coach Scott Skiles shook up his lineup in the second half, benching shooting guard Stephen Jackson for the entire half and using starting center Andrew Bogut for just 7 minutes before replacing him with backup Larry Sanders. "If they want to blame it on somebody, I'll take the blame," said Jackson, who finished with two points on 0-of-6 shooting in 17 minutes. "I guess they expected me to spaz out and go crazy, but it's too late in the game for that. I don't know what they were trying to prove. When he (Skiles) didn't play me, my thoughts were to support the young fellas and support everybody out there and try to get this win. "If they want to make it personal, they can. I'm used to it." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

December 17, 2011 Updates
September 27, 2011 Updates

Members of the current Bucks coaching staff also were in attendance, including head coach Scott Skiles and assistants Jim Boylan, Joe Wolf, Anthony Goldwire and Bill Peterson. And Moncrief doubled up as an alum and the newest member of the coaching staff. Nelson hired Moncrief for coaching jobs in Dallas and Golden State and said he was delighted the former Bucks star was back with the franchise. "It was a great hire by the Bucks," Nelson said. "He's worked for me two different times. I cried when he left me, but he had to go to another job because they paid more. But I really enjoyed working with Sid and he's an outstanding coach. "He demands respect because of what he's done, and he's a great leader." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

June 6, 2011 Updates

Scott Skiles: Shaq was a serious worker, competitor, a really serious worker. I don't think he got enough credit for that, and I know that sounds crazy, because he's getting all of this credit now! But Shaq was serious and he really worked hard on his game. For instance, we got to pick him, and he came in. You don't have to be a genius to know that he was a can't miss. But he came in in September, came in early, when we were all playing, and got right after it. He was a hard-playing guy all of his career. At the time we also had Stanley Roberts, who he played with at LSU. He was just as big and really athletic and talented...there were a lot of battles between those two guys. (Roberts) had a silly side and the not-serious side...the first pickup game I ever saw the guy in person, Matt Guokas (then Orlando's coach) was sitting on the side and I came over, and I said '(Bleep), this guy is incredible.' NBA.com

May 20, 2011 Updates
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April 16, 2011 Updates

“It’s fair to say we did not have good leadership on our team this year,” said coach Scott Skiles. “But that’s something you can’t manufacture. You can’t just say that guy is a leader. “I guarantee you’d be shocked in all pro sports, when you’re on the inside of something like this and you know the league and players and coaches, and somebody in the media will say, ‘That guy’s the leader of that team’. Often times, it’s so far from the truth that it’s ridiculous. “You can’t manufacture that. It just naturally happens. Some people are just natural leaders. Other people can cultivate it some themselves. And then you need both. If you have good leadership on the team you also need guys that will follow the leader. Chemistry and all those things are very fragile things.” Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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