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A sight familiar to Bulls fans transpired in Milwaukee this week, as Scott Skiles was fired and Jim Boylan has taken over. Similar to the end of his stint in Chicago, Skiles kinda quit first and then got himself fired to make sure he got paid. He's a crafty sort.
Things were brewing earlier in the week when Skiles was rumored to be unhappy (or at least unsure) of the direction Milwaukee was taking, and his own future there given he was in the last year of his contract. And you can see his point. Their guards aren't a great fit together and both can be free agents this summer. They have a glut in the frontcourt of moderately talented players. There's no plan to either try and trade for a superstar nor fully rebuild via the draft lottery.
And indeed, the Bucks are still...pretty decent. Boylan is 1-0, though he didn't make any major changes* in that win over Phoenix. We all remember what they're capable of from all points of the spectrum, given they could both fall behind 27 points to the Bulls yet also come back.
And as it's another week, Kirk Hinrich is BATTLING another injury. He hurt his elbow diving to the floor in the win over Cleveland. There was blood but he came back. He's the best, that kid.
*for the Bulls, Boylan was an abomination. Any hope of playing time for younger talent was dashed, and instead there was a lot of Larry Hughes. I'd look back to remember more but it's hurtful to myself.