For years now i have heard the Milwaukee Bucks coaches preach defense and effort. Head Coaches like Larry Krystkowiak and Terry Stotts wanted to instill that winning mentality, but, for some reason, it never stuck.
Since Scott Skiles was hired as head coach before last season, the team has played differently under him and it shows, as the Bucks have surged to a 35-29 record, good for fifth in the East.
Skiles demands the most out of his players, this is why he GETS the most out of his players. Skiles is a former NBA PG, who holds the record for most assists in a single game with 30.
If you never had the opportunity to see him play, you can be assured that this Bucks team plays just as he did. They get after it on defense, play team basketball , and put forward maximum effort for four quarters of play.
Playing hard every game every night is something the other coaches couldn’t get out of the Bucks. In seasons prior, the team would roll over if they fell behind 10-15...now the team wont quit even if they’re down 30.
But Skiles’ system sometimes runs its course on teams, and they start not stop buying into defense and effort every night. In Phoenix and Chicago he was fired during his third and fourth year, respectively, in each coaching stint.
It should be stated that he made the playoffs five out of nine seasons as a coach, and looks poised to make it six of 10. For some reason, I think he and John Hammond (Bucks GM) will find guys to put around Andrew Bogut and Brandon Jennings that buy into Skiles system.
Guys like Tyrus Thomas in Chicago didn't buy in and ruined the chemistry, and ultimately got Skiles fired. This is probably the reason Hakim Warrick was shipped out of town.
Last night the Bucks beat the Jazz 95-87 at the Bradley Center. Utah has been the hottest team in the league, and has the No. 1 offense in terms of efficiency—shooting 49 percent from the field.
Skiles’ system and defense proved too much for the Jazz in the end. Bogut led the way with four blocks, but the big play was when Ersan Ilyasova hit the offensive glass and got a put back to put the Bucks ahead 89-87.
As of right now, the guys are dialed into the offensive strategy of great ball movement on offense and pulverizing team defense. Utah’s Head Coach Jerry Sloan stated that this Bucks team was the best interior defensive team he had faced all year. How far it will carry the Bucks is ultimately up to them, but rest assured, Skiles will be there every day pushing them harder.
He is a proven winner, and so are his teams.The sky’s the limit for this team, or at least a tough fought first round series for Milwaukee fans. Fear The Deer!!
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