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Bucks part ways with Skiles

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The Milwaukee Bucks announced Tuesday that Scott Skiles is out as the team's head coach and assistant Jim Boylan will take over for the rest of the season.

Milwaukee is 16-16 this season and hosts the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.

"Scott and I met yesterday after practice and after some honest discussion, we both came to the conclusion that it was best to part ways," general John Hammond said in team release. "It is never an easy decision to make, but in the end a decision we felt was best for both parties. I want to thank Scott for his hard work, dedication and the imprint he leaves on our team and our entire organization. We all wish him and his family well."

Skiles was 162-182 in the regular season in four-plus years with Milwaukee. He took over in April 2008.

"John and I met and mutually agreed that a coaching change would be in the best interest of both parties," Skiles said in the same release. "The Senator, the people of Wisconsin, and especially those in the Bucks organization have been very kind to me, my wife, and family. I am truly grateful for our time here. We are leaving with many fond memories.

"I believe this team can and will have success in the next 50 games and postseason. I want to thank the players for all of their hard work. I wish them all the best."

Skiles is 443-433 overall. He also coached the Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns. In 12 seasons, he has guided teams to the playoffs six times and is 18-24 in the postseason.

Boylan, 57, has been the lead assistant coach for the Bucks the past four seasons. He also took over for Skiles in Chicago when he was fired during the 2007-08 season.
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