The Bucks sensationally fired first-year head coach Adrian Griffin on Tuesday after simply 43 video games and with among the finest information within the league. Why?
A number of the veterans at Milwaukee, most significantly Giannis Antetokounmpo, had reportedly misplaced religion in Griffin after previously endorsing him for the role, in accordance with Sports activities Illustrated Chris Mannix.
“There have been regular rumblings for weeks in NBA circles that a number of Bucks veterans, together with Giannis, had misplaced religion in Griffin,” Mannix wrote. “What gave the impression to be sensible rent final spring simply by no means labored out.”
Different NBA insiders shared related sentiments.
“Based on group sources, the problems plaguing Griffin’s early tenure ranged from placing collectively sturdy schemes on each ends of the ground for the Bucks to satisfy their championship potential to efficiently speaking his imaginative and prescient to his gamers for them to execute it on the ground,” The Athletic’s Sam Amick, Shams Charania and Eric Nehm said. “However the backside line, given the excessive stakes of this Bucks period, the priority over Griffin’s capacity grew to become a query too huge for the Bucks’ government management to resist any longer.”
In the identical report, it additionally detailed how Damian Lillard “spent a lot of this season fighting the best way the Bucks operate on the offensive finish.”
Regardless of having a 30-13 report and getting into Tuesday’s video games as quantity two within the West, the Bucks protection actually hasn’t been as much as scratch.
The 2021 champions had been ranked fourth in protection final season, in comparison with twenty second this season.
Who will exchange Griffin? Properly ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski is tipping it to be former 76ers coach Doc Rivers.
“The Bucks are planning to rapidly pursue a small pool of completed and obtainable veteran head coaches — with Doc Rivers as a high goal. …The edges have but to speak however the Bucks are anticipated to achieve out and gauge Rivers’ curiosity quickly, sources stated.”
Veteran assistant Joe Prunty will take over as interim coach.