Wednesday , Jun , 22 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Bucks fire head coach Terry Porter

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – The Milwaukee Bucks fired head coach Terry
Porter on Wednesday. General Manager Larry Harris made the announcement,
stating that the club will honor the terms of the final year of Porter’s
contract.

In two seasons at the helm of the Bucks, Porter posted a record of 71-93.
After guiding the team to a 41-41 mark and a berth in the playoffs in 2003-04,
Milwaukee struggled to a 30-52 record this past season.

“The past six weeks have been consumed by my continued evaluation of our
coaching situation and the basketball challenges going into the new season,”
said Harris. “I have concluded after much thought that we need to go in a new
direction with respect to the head coaching position. My job is to make our
team the very best it can be and that often means making difficult decisions
such as this one.”

Porter was hired as the eighth head coach of the Bucks on August 6, 2003. In
his initial season, he led the Bucks to the sixth seed in the Eastern
Conference playoffs. Milwaukee lost to Detroit in the opening round of the
2004 postseason.

“Obviously, I am disappointed by the decision,” said Porter. “However, I am
grateful to senator (Herb) Kohl and Larry Harris for the opportunity they
gave me.”

During a 17-year career as a player in the NBA, Porter played in 1,274 games
and averaged 12.2 points, 5.6 assists and 1.24 steals per contest.

MIL