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Skiles and Jackson aren't getting along

Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:59 pm
Stephen Jackson and Scott Skiles are not getting along in Milwaukee. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

In news that will surprise exactly no one, Scott Skiles and Stephen Jackson are not getting along. Jackson was initially reticent about being traded to the Bucks, and has struggled mightily on the floor. It was thought Jackson's perimeter shooting and commitment to defense would be a perfect fit for the offensively inept Bucks, but the Racine Journal Times reports that things have already hit a pretty low point: 

After Stephen Jackson was benched for the second half of a game against Denver Jan. 17, I asked the Bucks veteran swingman whether he had any inkling Bucks coach Scott Skiles was going to do that.

Jackson said he didn't get any advance warning and he didn't get any explanation after the game, either.

It was abundantly clear even then that Jackson, whom the Bucks acquired from Charlotte last June and was expected to be a key piece to the Bucks' puzzle this season, wasn't on the same page with Skiles.

Now, a month later, Jackson's relationship with Skiles seemingly has disintegrated. In an interview with Rod Burks of Channel 4 (NBC) in Milwaukee, Jackson said: "We don't have no relationship like I've had with other coaches and I don't expect to have one. Too much stuff has happened."
via BUCKS BEAT: Jackson, Skiles are all business.

Yeah, that's not good.

The Warriors were criticized for handing Jackson his last massive extension, the Bobcats were criticized for trading for that contract, and the Bucks were criticized for trading for that contract the Bobcats had traded for. That Jackson has seemingly fallen off the age cliff just makes matters worse. He's the worst kind of asset when he doesn't fit in with the team culture. He's an outspoken veteran who won't fall in line just to fall in line, who can be great in the right situation and terrible in the wrong, on a massive contract with years remaining and a declining skill set.

So, no, the Bucks will not have an easy time finding a suitor. That said, there's always someone out there looking for veteran scorers, and Milwaukee should definitely accept taking a bath on the investment in order to clear Jackson's money off the books. It wasn't a terrible idea to bring in Jackson, it just didn't work. Seems like so many ideas under the current regime in Milwaukee, unfortunately. 

Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 4:31 pm

Skiles and Jackson aren't getting alongon the job

am agreeing on this one. Hopefully skiles was in on the decision to bring in Jackson and if you are bringing him in you gotta plan on putting the player in a situation where he can succeed.  That is the job of the coach. 

Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 18, 2012 10:17 am
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Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:19 pm

Skiles and Jackson aren't getting along

It makes me happy to know Jax isn't.Laughing

Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 6:09 pm

Skiles and Jackson aren't getting along

Agreed Shredder.  Stephen Jackson was huge in Golden State, and also good in San Antonio.  He's a great passer and can shoot the 3 ball.  Whenever you know someone has talent like that you have to wonder why he's not being exploited and look to the coaches - learn how to use the guy - he's got talent.

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:37 pm

Skiles and Jackson aren't getting along

Hammond i think has great ideas and ambitions for this team. I think skiles is the overrated one. Went to the hawks game and watched the bucks bench give away the fourth quarter. Skiles wasnt coaching at all. The only time he got out of his chair was at halftime. He doesnt care about his players or the team in general. He packed in the season before it began and now the whole team is following suit.

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