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Crazy stuff in Milwaukee. At Fanhouse, Matt Watson (correctly) hypothesized that Terry Stotts was fired midseason so valued assistant Larry Krystkowiak wouldn't bail for a top college job. ESPN's Marc Stein confirmed today.

I'm most interested in Stein's comments regarding the reasons behind Stotts' ouster.

The Bucks have also shown little defensive improvement, something Bucks owner Herb Kohl made a priority this season.

Another factor working against Stotts: I've heard player rumblings that he was struggling to reach not only Andrew Bogut but also Villanueva, two key members of Milwaukee's core. Krystkowiak, by contrast, is said to have a strong rapport with Milwaukee players even though this is his first season on an NBA bench.

That might be because Krystkowiak played almost a decade in the NBA, including five seasons with the Bucks.


And how about a simple find and replace?
The Bucks Kings have also shown little defensive improvement, something Bucks owner Herb Kohl Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof made a priority this season.

Another factor working against Stotts Musselman: I've heard player rumblings that he was struggling to reach not only Andrew Bogut Ron Artest but also Villanueva at least five other Kings, two six key members of Milwaukee's Sacramento's core. Krystkowiak Scott Brooks, by contrast, is said to have a strong rapport with Milwaukee Sacramento players even though this is his first fourth season on an NBA bench.

That might be because Krystkowiak Brooks played almost more than a decade in the NBA, including five seasons with the Bucks a championship season with Houston.


Stein can recycle his story in a few months! Woohoo!

(Again, standard disclaimer: I don't think it's all Musselman's fault, I don't currently think he deserves a pink slip, I will not cry if he does get fired, I think it's just a formality that he will get fired this summer, I think Scott Brooks would be a fine replacement in such a case.)