NBA Rumors: A Stephen Jackson-Scott Skiles Relationship Is Doomed to Fail

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IJanuary 31, 2012

Throughout his career as a head coach, Milwaukee Bucks head coach Scott Skiles hasn't been the easiest guy to get along with.

Add to the mix a player like Stephen Jackson that has a history of trouble, and this coach-player relationship seemed doomed to fail from the start.

It's happened even quicker than most believed in Milwaukee, as Skiles and Jackson don't get along at all.

Only 20 games into the Bucks' season, it looks like there is no repairing whatever relationship they did have.

Already this season, Skiles benched Jackson for the entire second half against the Denver Nuggets, which prompted Jackson to say.

"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."

The following game against the Knicks, Jackson was suspended by Skiles for failing to attend a morning shoot-around because he overslept.

Then Jackson was suspended for a game against the Lakers because he was verbally abusing refs while playing the Bulls. The following game against the Pistons, Skiles chose not to play Jackson at all.

Following the DNP against the Pistons, Jackson said, “My situation is going to get better soon.”

Jackson has been trouble for Milwaukee, but he's been that way for most of his career no matter what jersey he's worn.

He hasn't been a locker-room cancer, but he's been outspoken, and that doesn't mesh well with a coach like Skiles.

Especially when you aren't producing and are in the middle of a lousy season such as the one Jackson is currently in.

His 12.8 point-per-game average and .367 field-goal percentage are the worst numbers Jackson has put up since the 2002-03 campaign.

Without him, the Bucks are 3-0 and look like a good team offensively. They move the ball and don't waste possessions they way they do when Jackson is firing up bad shots.

His latest comments about he wanting to play in New Jersey with Dwight Howard and Deron Williams won't do Jackson any favors when it comes to Skiles.

Jackson's mouth, along with his poor play, already have him in Skiles' doghouse.

There's no coming out.

The Skiles-Jackson relationship was always doomed to fail. It's just surprising it's failing so soon.