Bulls name Skiles head coach
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Scott Skiles was officially named head coach of
the Chicago Bulls on Friday and conducted his first practice.
Skiles took over for Bill Cartwright, who was dismissed on Monday after the
Bulls stumbled to a 4-10 start. Pete Myers was named interim coach and guided
the Bulls Tuesday and Wednesday in losses at Dallas and San Antonio, making it
seven straight losses for the young club.
The no-bull Skiles is known as an enthusiastic disciplinarian who is not shy
with his words. Management hopes his energetic ways can provide a positive
effect on Chicago’s youthful roster.
“I’ve always had a great admiration for Scott’s competitiveness, toughness and
insights to the game of basketball,” said Chicago Bulls Executive Vice
President of Basketball Operations John Paxson. “He did a great job taking
over the team in Phoenix. He is one of the bright young minds in basketball
and this signals a new direction for this organization.”
Skiles, 39, spent parts of three seasons as the head coach of the Phoenix
Suns, posting a record of 116-79. He took over for Danny Ainge in December
1999 and led Phoenix to a 40-22 record, plus a first-round playoff series
victory over San Antonio.
The Suns were 51-31 in Skiles’ lone full season on the bench in 2000-01. He
then resigned on February 17, 2002 after the club started 25-26.
“I’m very excited to join the Chicago Bulls organization. It’s a challenge
that I look forward to and I am eager to get at it,” Skiles said. “I’m looking
forward to working with John Paxson. I have a great deal of respect for him.”
Skiles played 10 seasons in the NBA after being selected with the 22nd overall
pick of the 1986 draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He averaged 11.1 points and 6.5
assists in 600 career games with Milwaukee, Indiana, Orlando, Washington and
Philadelphia, and still holds the NBA record for assists in a game with 30 in
a December 30, 1990 contest against Denver.
Cartwright registered a 51-100 record as the head coach of the Bulls. He
became their general on December 28, 2001, when he took over for Tim Floyd,
who is now the head coach of the New Orleans Hornets.