Bucks confirm split with Scott Skiles

CREATED Jan 8, 2013 - UPDATED: Jan 8, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks and their coach, Scott Skiles, have agreed to part ways, effective immediately. 

Assistant Jim Boylan was to take over the team as head coach for the rest of the 2012-13 season.  He led the Chicago Bulls to a 24-32 record taking over for Skiles in 2008 when the team removed him that year.

“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,” Bucks GM John Hammond said in a statement.

“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.”

“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 statement.

“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.”

USA Today initially reported the split late Monday night.

NBA.com had reported earlier in the day that Skiles did not want to return to Milwaukee after his contract expired at the end of the season, but that the Bucks had attempted to persuade him to keep an open mind.

TODAY'S TMJ4's Lance Allan tweeted, "Heard rumblings Scott Skiles could be gone if Bucks lost to Suns tonight. Apparently that came to head before game."

As of early Tuesday, the Bucks had not given official word on Skiles' status.

Skiles was 162-182 as coach of the Bucks, including a 16-16 record this season.

A Yahoo sportswriter tweeted that, according to a close friend of Skiles, the coach "hated his team."