HoopsHype Scott Skiles rumors

April 16, 2011 Updates

Regarding the team’s chemistry this season, Jennings said, “There’s always going to be chemistry issues when you have new players so the hardest thing is trying to get guys together. We had little chemistry problems here and there but it wasn’t anything major…guys trying to find their roles and get used to the new system. “It was a challenging season and I will learn from it.” Skiles said that it was “yet to be determined’ whether or not Jennings, Andrew Bogut, and John Salmons could be the foundation of a playoff team. And, as the Bucks move forward, is there anyone on the roster that management would consider to be an “untouchable” when it comes to trades? “How could we?” said Skiles. “That would be foolish.” Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Myers has never been an executive, but he has negotiated between "50 or 60 contracts" worth approximately $575 million (including the three-year deal of Warriors small forward Dorell Wright worth $11.5 million last July). He has never made a single draft pick, but he has landed plenty of lottery picks as clients amid a brutally competitive climate. He has never browsed the free-agent market for talent instead of a team, but he has personal relationships with players around the league that could certainly come in handy now that he has switched sides. SI.com

April 15, 2011 Updates

Skiles oversaw a team that finished with a woeful 35-47 record and a non-playoff appearance - an unexpected dropoff from last season when the Bucks went 46-36 and advanced to the Eastern Conference playoffs. Skiles candidly admitted he was as much to blame for the Bucks' demise as anyone. "I failed in my job description," Skiles said. He then added, "I wasn't brought here to win 35 games." Skiles didn't dwell on how he "failed" as a coach this season, but it's no secret he and some of his players had issues during the course of the season. Racine Journal-Times

April 4, 2011 Updates

There is a sizeable faction of the team's basketball operations that is baffled and, if not upset, miffed. Unlike Hammond, Skiles and Weltman, who all received contract extensions last summer, there are more than a dozen Bucks employees who'll see their contracts expire within the next couple of months. That includes all the assistant coaches: Jim Boylan, Kelvin Sampson, Joe Wolf, Bill Peterson, Anthony Goldwire and Jason Staudt. Racine Journal-Times

What's more, some officials claim Skiles indicated to his assistants earlier this season that contract extensions were forthcoming for them. But the assistant coaches aren't the only ones concerned about their future with the organization. Racine Journal-Times

March 28, 2011 Updates

Coach Scott Skiles' teams, after all, strive for efficiency rather than volume. The Bucks want to force opponents into low-percentage shots at the defensive end, take the rebound and properly run through their offensive sets. Every movement is deliberate, methodical and seemingly at odds with their lightening-quick point guard Brandon Jennings. "Of course you'd like to push it," Jennings told HOOPSWORLD. "I've been pushing the ball since I've been in high school, my whole life. I think we play better when we push it and we're just out there making plays for each other." HoopsWorld

For Jennings, who battled through foot problems for much of the season, it may be time to play his game. "I don't think I take advantage of [my speed] like I did last year," he said. "Last year I had [the ball] in my hands a lot and I was really taking advantage of that. This year, I've been more kind of standbackish, so a lot of it is on me. I'm not being as aggressive as I was last year." HoopsWorld

March 14, 2011 Updates
February 21, 2011 Updates

Michael Redd said he was so happy to be back at the Cousins Center on Monday that he planted a kiss on the practice court. After more than 13 months away following surgery on his left knee, Redd rejoined his Bucks teammates and took part in the first portions of practice. The Bucks returned from the all-star break and went through a spirited session with everyone in attendance, according to coach Scott Skiles. "It's one of the happiest days in my career," Redd said as he toweled off after practice. "To be on the court again is a blessing. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

February 11, 2011 Updates

The Bucks are preparing to meet a Memphis team that has won seven of its last 10 games and handily beat Milwaukee earlier this season at the Bradley Center. The Grizzlies (28-26) are just one game behind Portland for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot. And if it appears the Bucks are at a crisis stage, so be it. They have lost five of their last six games, including a 100-85 defeat at Washington on Wednesday night. "That's an embarrassing game," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. "You fall behind by over 20 points in a game where going in, we felt like we should have won. It's embarrassing. We keep fingers crossed and try to stay positive that at some point we're going to respond to something like that. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

February 7, 2011 Updates
February 1, 2011 Updates

On Monday in a loss to the Clippers, Jennings—who was averaging 18.3 points when he went out—was aggressive and began to look like his old self, scoring 12 points on 5-for-13 shooting. But Bucks coach Scott Skiles limited him to 17 minutes. Jennings didn’t quite like it. Sporting News

December 31, 2010 Updates

Skiles, now the Milwaukee Bucks head coach, recorded 30 assists in a game while playing for the Orlando Magic - 20 years ago on Dec. 30, 1990. Skiles' remarkable feat came in a wild 155-116 victory over Denver. He broke the record of 29 assists, set by Kevin Porter of the New Jersey Nets in February of 1978. In the two decades since Skiles set the assist record, just one player has seriously challenged it: Hall of Famer John Stockton of the Utah Jazz. Stockton had 28 assists in a game against San Antonio on Jan. 15, 1991. Since 1991, the most assists ever registered in a game was 25 by Phoenix's Kevin Johnson against San Antonio on April 6, 1994 and Dallas' Jason Kidd against Utah on Feb. 6, 1996. Considering how Skiles' record has held up for two decades, is it possible it'll hold up forever? Skiles, asked Thursday whether his record will be broken, didn't hesitate in responding. "Sure," Skiles said. "Yeah, of course. That's what always happens with records at some point." Racine Journal-Times

October 27, 2010 Updates
October 26, 2010 Updates

Skiles said Salmons looked very good in practice Monday. "You couldn't even tell he missed any time," said Skiles. "I don't know how he does that. I couldn't have done that in a million years (as a player). I don't know how he does it. "It looked like he was in shape. He's done a lot of running on the side and everything. He doesn't miss a beat on our defensive coverages. All that kind of stuff." Skiles said he had decided who would start in the opener but was not ready to reveal his lineup. Skiles was asked if he was considering starting Salmons even though he hadn't played in the preseason. "For sure," said Skiles. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl is bullish on his team's prospects as it prepares to start the 2010-'11 season Wednesday night in New Orleans. And the U.S. senator gives full credit to general manager John Hammond and coach Scott Skiles, who have helped turn around the Bucks' fortunes since arriving in April 2008. "They did do a great job as everybody readily acknowledges," Kohl said after the Bucks' annual tip-off luncheon sponsored by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. "They work very well together and they're each very talented. They have brought us in just a couple years to a very high level of performance." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

October 1, 2010 Updates

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