Thursday , Mar , 15 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

The Buck Stotts here

(Sports Network) – It’s obvious injuries didn’t play a role in helping former
Milwaukee Bucks head coach Terry Stotts keep his job.

But just like any other sport, injuries are inevitable and someone has to take
the blame when the team fails to produce. Stotts is a perfect example of being
dealt a bad hand this season, especially when star Michael Redd was out for
quite some time and Charlie Villanueva suffering through the injury bug.

Stotts guided the Bucks into the playoffs last season and finished his
tenure in Milwaukee with a less-than-stellar 63-83 record. Stotts, the
ninth head coach in franchise history, will be replaced by assistant Larry
Krystkowiak, who will make his debut on Thursday versus the visiting San
Antonio Spurs.

“I’m extremely excited to have been given the chance to lead and develop such
a young and talented team,” Krystkowiak said. “I want to thank Senator Kohl
and (GM) Larry Harris for this terrific opportunity. Becoming an NBA head
coach was my number one goal when I went into coaching and I welcome the
challenges that lie ahead of me. This team has a great deal of potential and
I’m eager to move forward.

“I would also be remiss if I did not thank Terry Stotts for the opportunity he
gave me by bringing me to Milwaukee as an assistant. He believed in my
abilities and for that I’m grateful.”

Krystkowiak also got dealt a bad hand, so to speak, since the Spurs will carry
a 13-game winning streak into the Bradley Center. San Antonio is unbeaten in
its last seven road games, too. However, the Bucks beat the Spurs on December
26 this season at the AT&T Center thanks to Redd’s 36 points.

Milwaukee is currently in the midst of a seven-game homestand — the third-
longest stretch in team history — and owns a 1-2 mark so far. It is also in
the basement of the Central Division with a dismal 23-41 record, and next to
last in the Eastern Conference standings (Boston 19-45).

Besides showing Stotts the door on Wednesday, it was announced that Bucks
center Andrew Bogut was fined $25,000 for an obscene gesture he made towards
the Milwaukee fans after being ejected in Monday’s loss to Toronto. The top
pick of the 2005 NBA Draft has apologized, but will leave a lasting impression
with some fans for years to come.

Bogut is averaging 12.2 points and 8.8 rebounds in 64 games this season. Bogut
and the Bucks will resume their homestand versus the Spurs, Bobcats, Clippers
and Pistons.

MIL