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                    === Bucks, Skiles agree to part ways ===
 Milwaukee,  WI  (Sports Network)  - The  Milwaukee Bucks  and head coach Scott
 Skiles have mutually agreed to part ways.
 Assistant Jim Boylan will take over for the remainder of the season.
 The Bucks are just 16-16 this season entering Tuesday's game against Phoenix.
 "Scott  and I met (Monday) after practice and after some honest discussion, we
 both came to the conclusion that it was best to part ways," said Bucks general
 manager  John Hammond in a statement Tuesday. "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."
 Skiles  spent four-plus seasons  as the Bucks' head coach and was in the final
 year of his contract. He compiled a 162-182 record in Milwaukee.
 "John  and  I met and mutually  agreed that a  coaching change would be in the
 best  interest  of both parties," Skiles  said in a statement released through
 the team.
 "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."
 The  Bucks  got off to  a 6-2 start but  entered Tuesday's action 10-14 since,
 with  the  club  currently  mired  in  a  four-game  losing  streak  following
 Saturday's 95-80 setback at Indiana.
 Skiles  was named  the Bucks'  head coach  prior to  the 2008-09  campaign and
 received a one-year extension after guiding the club to a 46-36 record with an
 appearance in the Eastern Conference playoffs, where the Bucks lost to Atlanta
 in seven games in the quarterfinals.
 Milwaukee  slipped to  a 35-47 mark the subsequent season and went 31-35 while
 missing the playoffs in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign.
 Skiles  has  also been a head  coach in Phoenix  and Chicago and owns a career
 record of 443-433 with six playoff appearances over 13 seasons.
 Boylan,  57,  has been  the lead assistant  coach for the  Bucks the past four
 seasons,  joining  the team after finishing  the final 56 games (24-32) of the
 2007-08  season as  the  interim head  coach  of the  Chicago  Bulls. His  NBA
 coaching  career  began in  1992 with Cleveland  and he has  also served as an
 assistant with Vancouver (1997-2000), Phoenix (2000-02), Atlanta (2003-04) and
 Chicago (2004-08).
 01/08 11:20:29 ET

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