Chicago Bulls: Jim Boylan

Skiles leaving Bucks looks familiar to Bulls

January, 9, 2013
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CHICAGO -- Joakim Noah wasn't exactly surprised when he found out that Scott Skiles was no longer coaching the Milwaukee Bucks. After watching Skiles flame out in Chicago during his rookie season, Noah learned to expect the unexpected when it came to the fiery former guard.

"It's not the first time I've seen that," he said after Tuesday's practice.

While the Bulls weren't aware of the circumstances surrounding Skiles' departure, head coach Tom Thibodeau was disappointed that his former pupil is now without a job.

"It's unfortunate," Thibodeau said. "I know him, I coached him, I think he's a great coach and I'm sure he'll do well in the end. He's proven to be a great coach in this league. You hate to see it, you hate to see anyone leave during the middle of the season, but I guess that's the nature of the business. I'm sure he'll do well."

Some fans worry Thibodeau's voice, like Skiles', will eventually wear on his team, but the veteran coach doesn't put much stock in that perception.

"The way I measure him [is] whoever he has he gets the most out of," Thibodeau said. "I know what it's like to coach against him, I've done it for a number of years, some as an assistant, some as a head coach. Sometimes it's the personnel, too, that changes over time. I think if you have serious-minded players, Scott's going to be a great coach with them. He's proven that. I don't buy all that other stuff."

Neither does new Bucks interim head coach Jim Boylan. Boylan, who was the interim coach for the Bulls after Skiles was fired five years ago, says he believes Skiles will coach again.

"I just think Scott's meant to be a coach and he loves it," Boylan said before Wednesday night's game. "There's teams out there that can use a guy that can come in and give them some structure just like the past teams that he's coached in Phoenix, here and in Milwaukee. Teams that have been struggling a little bit and need someone to come in and really captain the ship and that's what Scott does, so I'm sure that there's teams out there looking at that situation and saying, 'We need a guy like that to come in here and get us moving in the right direction,' so I believe he'll be coaching again soon."

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