Kelvin Sampson and Scott Skiles are your … Milwaukee Hoosiers!

  • 04/25/2008 10:48 am in

First, it was a guy that people talked about for the Indiana job, and who most fans were happy to see stay in the pros. Then it was a guy who had the Indiana job, and who most people were happy to see go. Funny how that works out.

Kelvin Sampson is close to finding his first full-time gig since getting the big boot out of Bloomington. The job: help Scott Skiles condescend to NBA players. Milwaukee Bucks players, specifically.

While I won’t spend too much time analyzing the state of the Bucks, or what these hires do for them, I will say quickly that the organization must really think they need regimented player development above all else. Skiles’ demeanor is far closer to the traditional college coach’s — he’s more the tyrant who can run all aspects of a program than he is the Phil Jackson-esque, philosophizing nuts and bolts NBA strategist. Sampson is pretty much the same thing, though he does seem to get along with players better.

Anyway, enough about this. Godspeed, Kelvin. May the wind always be at your back, and may your Palm Treo always be buzzing.

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  • he'll get to be on the same team with eric gordon again

  • SteveO

    Skiles got fired in Chicago because his abrasive style made a young team quit on him, so of course the Bucks hire him to take charge of their young team. Nice first move as a GM by John Hammond.

  • xxBHxx

    simmons for bucks GM!! he wouldn't of made this dumb hire…

    oh well tho.. who is scared of the bucks? they have been in NBA purgatory for years and i don't see them coming out of it for quite some time.

  • Isn't NBA purgatory the East, anyway?

  • Kelin Blab

    Two things….

    The Bucks are in the same conference as the pacers so I will get at least TWO times per year to heckle KS

  • xxZPxx

    Yeah I have access to tickets 5 rows behind the visitor bench for Pacers games and you better believe he will receive a piece of my mind next year. Just need 4-5 beers and there will be no holds barred.

  • ALH_00

    I would think, being Chicago guys, that you would be more kind to Skiles. Let's not forget how exciting the Baby Bulls were last season. (I almost became a fan of the NBA again). Call me old school, but if the players can't handle the reasonable demands of their coach that they play hard and smart, then they shouldn't be playing organized basketball…and certainly shouldn't be getting paid for it.

    As for KS, whatever…at least he will continue to have nothing to do with IU or college basketball.

  • Kelin Blab

    I don't want KS on IU soil…………I wonder how it will feel for him to be the first NBA assistant coach booed so loudly and continually.

  • Kelin Blab

    Just read Tom Crean was granted 10days to recruit on the road…sweet time to close some deals…..

  • MikeinNC

    Here's hoping Sampson can use this gig to start getting his life back on track….

  • MikeinNC

    Here's hoping Sampson can use this gig to start getting his life back on track….

  • denebranda

    everyone looks at kelvin but dont see the whole picture. He has done alot where ever he went to coach, he has helped many of young men and put schools on the map who were in oblivian before his arrival. look at the scandel at usc with reggie bush,and some of the other players on sc's roster, it goes on everywhere and to critizise kelvin for too many phone calls , come on get real. seems as if someone had it out for him for a long time. good luck kelvin wherever you go and decide to do.