Bucks fire coach Adrian Griffin after 43 games, reportedly eyeing Doc Rivers as potential replacement
The Milwaukee Bucks have parted ways with head coach Adrian Griffin after just 43 games, despite a strong start to the season. General Manager Jon Horst cited the challenging decision, emphasizing the team’s immediate focus on hiring a new head coach. Veteran assistant Joe Prunty takes over as the interim coach, while the Bucks actively pursue seasoned coaches, with Doc Rivers emerging as a top target.
Milwaukee’s defensive performance has significantly declined this season, dropping from top five in pick-and-roll and drive defense to bottom 10. The decision to replace long-time coach Mike Budenholzer with Griffin was influenced by the blockbuster acquisition of Damian Lillard, adding pressure to achieve success this season. Despite a 30-13 record, placing them second in the Eastern Conference, defensive struggles have been evident, leading to Griffin’s dismissal.
The team’s defensive efficiency has plummeted from 4th to 22nd, reflecting a broader decline in defensive statistics. Griffin, with 16 seasons as an NBA assistant, couldn’t maintain the defensive prowess of the previous season. The Bucks aim to address these issues promptly under interim coach Prunty.
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