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Bucks Coach Skiles Staying In Milwaukee
By Jackson | Posted Friday, May 4
Scott Skiles confirmed this week that he would stay on with the Milwaukee Bucks for the 2012-2013 season. Rumors spread throughout the internet following the team's final game, that Skiles was leaving Milwaukee for greener pastures. There may have been some soul searching on the part of Skiles, but he is true to his team. Though the coach's current contract goes through the next season, an optional buy-out clause would have given him the right to leave.
Next season will be a make-or-break season for the head coach, and for the team. Skiles has gone 146-166 with the team over four years. Not a terrible record, but not outstanding. He has led the team to just one postseason berth, in 2010. That season was also his best with the team, managing a solid forty-six win regular season. Skiles does have a solid group of core players for next season. After the Andrew Bogut trade, the team improved their scoring average to ninety-nine points per game. That ranks as fifth best in the league. They also moved the ball around extremely well, putting up twenty-three assists per game.
Following the trade, the team's defense suffered noticeably. By the end of the season, the Bucks were giving up ninety-eight points per night, and team rebounds were down. With waning attendance, a history of temperamental fans, and a pair of losing seasons, Skiles fifth year in Milwaukee could be his last.