After only 43 games, the Milwaukee Bucks decided to remove Adrian Griffin as their head coach on Tuesday. This was despite the fact that the Bucks had one of the best records in the league halfway through his first season.
The Bucks are preparing to quickly pursue a small pool of proven and available veteran head coaches, with Doc Rivers being the top priority, according to sources who spoke with Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
According to insiders, the Bucks have made contact with Rivers and are currently having discussions with him regarding the coaching position for the organization.
“This was a difficult decision to make during the season,” stated Bucks General Manager Jon Horst in a statement when asked about the decision. An immediate effort is being made to fill the position of head coach for our next team. We are grateful to Coach Griffin for all of the hard work and hard work that he has put into the team.
Joe Prunty, a veteran assistant coach, will take over as temporary coach of the team. Horst is scheduled to make a statement during a press conference on Wednesday, well in advance of the Bucks’ next home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Griffin was hired by Milwaukee over the summer to take over for longtime coach Mike Budenholzer, who was let go following the team’s elimination in the first round of the playoffs in the previous season.
The Bucks made a blockbuster trade to acquire Damian Lillard some months after they had hired him, which increased the amount of pressure on the club to have significant success this season.
The Bucks have a record of 30-13 and are now ranked second in the Eastern Conference. This is the highest winning percentage for a team that has fired its head coach during the course of a season since David Blatt was with the Cavaliers in the 2015-16 season.
Nevertheless, in spite of their great record, the Bucks have had some difficulties, particularly in terms of their defense.
They were ranked fourth in defense during the previous season, but they are currently ranked 22nd in defense this year. They have just given up 135 and 113 points in consecutive games against the Detroit Pistons.
Griffin, who was 49 years old at the time, had worked as an assistant coach in the National Basketball Association for sixteen seasons, including the most recent five with the Toronto Raptors. Following that, he played in the NBA for a total of nine years.